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Keith Pickens

It is a cliche to talk about 'the information explosion' but it is a fact, nonetheless, that in the last 30 years or so new knowledge has been accumulating at a faster and faster rate. It took 32 years (1907-1938) for Chemical Abstracts to publish its first one million citations. The second million took 19 years, the third 8 years, the fourth just under 5 years and the fifth a little over 3 years.

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