The Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London

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Vols. 1-108 include Proceedings of the society (separately paged, beginning with v. 30)

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Page lxiv - ... praise of having discovered it. ical history. Armchair philosophizing, apart from actual work in the field, the, laboratory, and the museum, is by no means to be commended. But the worship of fact, as fact, may easily be overdone. The number of discoverable facts is practically infinite, and it is therefore possible to get into such a condition as not to be able to see the wood for the trees, to lose the due sense of proportion, and to become mere machines for tabulating interminable trivialities.
Page lxiii - Mr. Teall, in his masterly address to the Geological Society in 1901, pointed out "that the state of advancement of a science must be measured, not by the number of facts collected, but by the number of facts co-ordinated." Theory, consistent, comprehensive, tested, verified, is the lifeblood of our science as of any other. It is what history is to politics, what morals are to manners, and what faith is to religion. It is almost impossible to collect facts at all without carrying a working hypothesis...
Page xlii - College friend and fellow-student, now ask you to transmit to him with our heartiest good wishes. Mr. Whitaker, having expressed his gratification at the privilege of receiving the Medal on behalf of an old colleague and valued friend, read the following extracts from a letter which he had received from Mr. Jukes-Browne : ' ' I beg you to convey to the Council of the Geological Society my deep appreciation of the honour conferred upon me by the award of the Murchison Medal, and my great regret...
Page xxxi - as an acknowledgement of eminent services in any department of Geology, irrespective of the receiver's country; but he must not be older than 45 years at his last birthday, thus probably not too old for further work, and not too young to have done much.
Page xli - My opinion of General Hooker both as an officer and a gentleman is too well known to make it necessary for me to refer to it in this communication. The public service cannot be promoted by placing under his command an officer who has so little confidence in his ability as I have. Our relations are" such that it would be degrading in me to accept any position under him.
Page lxiv - Our libraries and museums arc being rapidly filled with records of all this scientific activity. Side by side with the registration and cataloguing of facts there has taken place an evolution of scientific ideas, and it is on this aspect of the subject, so far as my own special branch is concerned, that I propose to offer a few remarks.
Page xxix - ... the governing body of the Society that the Medallist (who may be of any country or either sex) has deserved well of the Science...
Page lxxxvii - We, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the President, Council, and Fellows of the...
Page xciii - ... great part of the Geological Society's collection to the British Museum, but the transfer was not then agreed to. On March 27 of the present year a special general meeting of the Society was again called to consider the matter, and it was then resolved " That in the opinion of this meeting the time has now come when this Society shall transfer its collections to some other museum.
Page xxvii - Society may deem most useful in advancing Geological Science, whether by granting sums of money to travellers in pursuit of knowledge, to authors of memoirs, or to persons actually employed in any enquiries bearing upon the science of Geology, or in rewarding any such travellers, authors, or other persons, and the Medal to be given to some person to whom such Council shall grant any sum of money or recompense in respect of Geological Science.

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