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Comment on "How Science Survived: Medieval Manuscripts' `Demography' and Classic Texts' Extinction"

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Science  09 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5754, pp. 1618
DOI: 10.1126/science.1117462

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Exciting though it may seem, the mathematical model developed by Cisne (Reports, 25 February 2005, p. 1305) to analyze the transmission of texts and manuscripts from Antiquity and the Middle Ages does not hold up to scrutiny. It seriously underestimates the losses, thus leading to conclusions that are unwarranted.

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