Whereas there is nothing more necessary for promoting the improvement of philosophical Matters, than the communicating to such, as apply their Studies and Endeavors that way, such things as are discovered or put in practice by others; It is therefore thought fit to employ the Press, as the most proper way to gratifie those, whose engagement in such Studies, and delight in the advancement of Learning and profitable Discoveries, doth entitle them to the knowledge of what this Kingdom, or other parts of the World, so, from time to time, afford, as well of the Progress of the Studies, Labors and attempts of the Curious and Learned in things of this kind, as of their complete Discoveries and Performances: To the end, that such Productions being clearly and truly communicated, desires after solide and useful knowledge may be further entertained, ingenious Endeavours and Undertakings cherished, and invited and encouraged to search, try, and find out new things, impart their knowledge to one another, and contribute what they can to the Grand Design of improving Natural knowledge, and perfecting all Philosophical Arts, and Sciences. All for the Glory of God, the Honor and Advantage of these Kingdoms, and the Universal Good of Mankind.
— Henry Oldenburg, first Secretary of the Royal Society, in The Introduction (PDF) to issue Number 1 of the Philosophical Transactions: giving some Accompt of the Present Undertakings, Studies, and Labours, of the Ingenious in many Considerable Parts of the World, on March 6, 1665. Cited in Daniel J. Boorstin‘s The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know Himself and His World, (New York, Vintage Books, February 1985), p. 393.
"Whereas there is nothing more necessary"