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Response to Comment on “How Science Survived: Medieval Manuscripts' `Demography' and Classic Texts' Extinction”

Science  09 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5754, pp. 1618c
DOI: 10.1126/science.1117724

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Declercq's rejection of an otherwise well-supported model is based on demonstrably too narrow an interpretation of the use of Bede's De Temporum Ratione and on questionable appreciation of predictive modeling as a complementary alternative to traditional deductive methods. Additional evidence on library holdings further supports previous conclusions regarding the survival of medieval manuscripts.

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