An article at CBC News Points out this interesting fact:
“Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin sent and received thousands of letters during their lives, and their correspondence shows the same pattern of communication as modern-day e-mails, scientists say.”
Imagine what guys like Darwin and Einstein could have accomplished with email. They were sending and receiving mail with a vengeance (a combined total of over 28,000 letters sent) at a time when snail mail was even "snailier" than it is now.
I have heard people say that email has destroyed the art of letter writing and it just ain’t true. Email is the art of letter writing. Granted Ken Burns is gonna be hurting to find long poetic letters to “My dearest Penelope” for his coming documentaries, but information is flowing back and forth in the blink of an eye and that’s cool. Trust me nothing would have made Einstein happier than getting mail at the speed of light.
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