National Geographic : 2009 Nov
LETTERS In the early 1960s my parents went on a Pan Am around- the-world trip. The one sight my father could not forget was Angkor Wat. For years he wondered what happened to those beautiful ruins. He died without learning the answer. Now, ten years after his death, I picked up your July issue and ﬁnally learned the answer to his question. BENJAMIN H. WEST Galena, Ohio Though I long to go to Angkor, insufﬁcient ﬁnances, age (74 years), and health are deter- rents. This article with its beau- tiful photographs has shown me around the place for free. But there is one omission: You ignore India’s contribution to the restoration of the monuments. M. R. RAJAGOPALAN Tamil Nadu, India Cosmic Vision The article’s opening page mentions that telescopes “will carry the eye to the edge of the universe.” There is no edge to the universe. As long as people believe there is an edge, we’ll waste money look- ing for it and continue letting people here on Earth starve. ROBERT DAUBENSPECK White River Junction, Vermont Your article states the big bang was noisy! When did it go from theory to fact? I believe the world was created by God—and I looked at your pictures and said, “What a great creation.” EARL WARD Bathurst, New Brunswick Geography: Spread of the Amish If you want to understand the spread of the Amish better, try driving a horse or pulling farm equipment through bumper-to- bumper trafﬁc where 50 years ago grass grew in the middle of the road. My uncle grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, not more than 20 miles from where his ancestors settled in the early 1700s. He now has children in ﬁve states because ©2009 Discover Bank, Member FDIC Discover® gives you a Cashback Bonus® on every single purchase.What you do with it is up to you. What will you get back with your cash back?