If you teleported Charles Darwin from the mid-19th century to the present day, he'd surely be awed by all the magical-looking technology we take for granted. But if you sent him out on a scientific field expedition, he might be surprised for another reason: that scientists "of the future" still heavily rely on handwritten notes scrawled on paper to record their findings. Why? Hell, we've got iPhones and tablets and Internet-connected uber-brains galore--why on earth are working researchers still using the same dead-tree technology that Darwin used to sketch tortoises in the Galapagos?
We all know the text-book version of Charles Darwin: A man who had a soft-spot for beetles and sported an unkempt white beard (see the reverse side of a £10 note); a man who, 150 years ago, after a four-year voyage on the HMS Beagle wrote his discoveries on evolution and natural selection in The Origin of Species.