It is a great pleasure and honour for me to take over the reins as chief editor of the Journal of the Geological Society (JGS). My pride stems in no small measure from the prestige of the society, the long pedigree of its flagship journal and its recent resurgence through the ranks of the world's geoscience journals. With this inaugural editorial, I would like to draw comparison between the state of our science today and that during the heady days of the first half of the nineteenth century when JGS first appeared in something approaching its modern form. As well...

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