In an earlier incarnation, it seems, when I did things in physics rather than for physics, I was dimly aware of having an information problem although I doubt that I would have used that term. I scanned Phys Rev and certain other journals; I attended APS meetings. But somehow key items kept getting lost in the chinks—I found out about them much too late to use them properly. This frustration was compounded every time I decided to work on a new topic; tracking down the basic references was maddening. Later, when I became involved in physics information to the exclusion of physics research, I discovered a quote from Lord Rayleigh that summed up my feelings better than I could:

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