The acronym of the South-East European Division of The World Academy of Art and
Science – SEED – prompted us to initiate a journal devoted to seed ideas - to leadership
in thought that leads to action. We put this sentence as a motto, but we realize that we
need a name for the journal. For our website it was easy to decide on www.seed-ideas.
org , but name of a journal is more demanding. Several suggestions were made: Mercator
(Gerard Mercator born as Gerard de Cremer in 1512 in Rupelmondanus - a Dutch
mathematician, astronomer, and best known as a cartographer, professor at University
of Leuven, He signed his work with Gerardus Mercator Rupelmondanus. Indeed, we are
trying to provide maps) and, following the example of Daedalus, used by the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences for its journal, Cadmus. Cadmus (or Kadmos in Greek and
Phoenician mythology) was a son of King Agenor and Queen Telephassa of Tyre, and
brother of Cilix, Phoenix and Europa. Cadmus is credited with introducing the original
alphabet – the Phoenician alphabet, with “the invention” of agriculture, and with founding
the city of Thebes. His marriage with Harmonia represents the symbolic coupling of
Eastern learning and Western love of beauty. The youngest son of Cadmus and Harmonia
is Illyrius. The city of Zagreb, which is the formal seat of SEED, was once a part of Illyria,
a region including what is today referred to as the Western Balkans and even more.
Cadmus will be a journal for fresh thinking and new perspectives that integrate
knowledge from all fields of science, art and humanities to address real-life issues, inform
policy and decision-making, and enhance our collective response to the challenges and
opportunities facing the world today.
ISSN 2038-5242 - Cadmus (Trieste. Testo stampato)
ISSN 2038-5250 - Cadmus (Trieste. Online)