… Inquiries, Directions, and Patterns, that may animate.

The first scientific journal article,
“An Account of the improvement of Optick Glasses,”
was published on March 6, 1665 in Philosophical Transactions,
the journal of the Royal Society of London. The purpose of the journal, according to Henry Oldenburg, the society’s first secretary, was,
“to spread abroad Encouragements, Inquiries, Directions, and Patterns, that may animate.”
The editors continued, explaining their purpose: “there is nothing more necessary for promoting the improvement of Philosophical Matters, than the communicating to such, as apply their Studies and Endeavours that way, such things as are discovered or put in practice by others.”
They hoped communication would help scientists to share “ingenious Endeavours and Undertakings” in pursuit of “the Universal Good of Mankind.”
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