do you think there are still discoveries and worthy inventions that anyone can do on their own, or at least with small budgets?
It feels like any new invention or important scientific success is only in hands of relevant Unis, government or corporations with huge teams and millions to spend.
Do you see any relevant discovery in the next few decades happening in a garage? In what field? Do you play with any idea? I wish I was smart enough to make rockectless space travel a reality, for example.
a lot of mathematical solutions are, the guy who proved that you cant have pythagorean triplets when the power is more than two was alone and didn't have millions (at least not until he proved it)
There doubtless is but you're going to have to be real smart to figure out what it is.
CS and math don't really need more than a decent computer. If you can get a real good computer there's a lot of computational work in physics and engineering to be done.
Then of course there are observational sciences which don't even need a garage.
Yes. I'm not sure it will be big but pick any random life on Earth that is not that well studied and include some genetic sequencing.
You'll quickly discover something new about their adaptations.
There's plenty of youtube videos that are just people in their garages doing science. Put some ads on them and maybe you could make a living doing your own research if it's neat enough and you post it on /sci/