Dear Marie Curie, you had an incredible and incredibly difficult life. It is great that you went down in the history of science. After and during all kinds of challenges, you still managed to conduct research. Nobody needs to take such a hard path any more. Your story should inspire us, today’s researchers. And I believe it does.
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.
Dear Dr Franklin,
I am writing to you from Oulu, a town in Northern Finland. The University of Oulu, where I work, was founded in 1959, a year after your death. I am not a scientist myself, but a historian of science specializing in the history of 20th-century biomedicine. Everyone in our research field would know your name today – in fact, most schoolchildren would, at least in the Anglophone countries. In many respects, you are still with us.