Abstract

All publications of the Society now bear a motif adapted from designs etched on the glass doors of various rooms in Burlington House. The motto 'Quicquid sub terra est' is taken from the seal of the Society with addition of '1807, the year of foundation. 'Whatever is under the earth' remains appropriate for Society concerned with all aspects of earth science. Recently it was translated into the modern parlance of economic geology by a member of Council, who inadvertently inserted a 'k' into 'Quicquid', and construed—'There's gold in them there hills'.

The latin quotation from Bacon (Novum Organum, Prefatio 1620) which appeared on the title page of the Transactions from their inception, and later in the Quarterly Journal, was selected by the Council of 1811. In the preliminary pages of Volume 127 of the Journal, which are circulated with this part, the following translation has been added:

'But if any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old; to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant; to attain, in fact, to clear and demonstrative knowledge instead of attractive and probable theory; we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks.

'By contrast, a desire to win victories over hostile critics in Nature might have found considerable support a year ago but now the flow of numerous short topical papers to the Journal renders comment unnecessary.

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