In answer to Patrick Taylor in Forum (Eos, April 16, 1991) I will not pursue the question further if it is defeated democratically in Vienna in August.
Two years after Exeter the proposal is no longer a “shock to the system” of the scientific establishment. It has been put formally to IAGA, and the Executive has not moved to oppose it. Instead IAGA recognizes the merit, the legality, and the operational viability of the principle I have raised by proposing an amendment which is completely acceptable to me. The turnaround reflects opinion in the international community.