Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"The Pocket Notebooks of 20 Famous Men"

OK, call me weird, but i found this utterly fascinating:

The Pocket Notebooks of 20 Famous Men

The result is this look at how 20 famous men used their pocket notebooks. The list is hardly comprehensive; the practice was so widespread among eminent men that it would likely be easier to compile a list of famous men who did not use them, than did. And the choices are a bit eccentric; men who were famous for their interesting and numerous notebooks are well-represented but also included are a few from the past and present that just happened to cross our path during the course of our research. Where images of the notebooks were available they have been shown; in their absence a description will have to do. These caveats aside, we hope you will find reading about this manly practice as inspiring and fascinating as researching and writing about it was for us.

HT to The Munchkin Wrangler who share his own thoughts here:

your brain on paper.

One point he makes is something i've found to be true in my case as well:

There’s something about writing down an idea on paper that makes the mind get a hold of it better.

Here's a thought to warm the heart of luddites and techno-skeptics: Historians can go to the archives and read the notebooks of Isaac Newton or Mark Twain. Will future historians be able to do the same for modern figures? Is Bill Gates going to archive his PDA files?

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