Dear Carl von Linné, A little over 280 years ago, you had an idea. Although I’m sure you understood the grandness and significance of your idea, I doubt that you yourself would have believed that the system you created for classifying organisms would still be in use all around the world in the 21st century. And if you had known the kinds of huge transformations that biology would undergo over the following two centuries (sorry for my strange use of words – by biology I mean the study of organic nature), the durability of your taxonomy would probably have seemed even more improbable.
Dear Charles Darwin,
Our modern world, with its computers and the Internet, is like living in an artificial heaven the likes of which could not even be imagined in your time. Computers and the programmes they run are copying the world into digital and virtual form at an increasing pace. It is thanks to this, in part, that you can now return from beyond the grave as my virtual interlocutor.