@gideonro Torah Scrolls take a while to write, and the guidelines governing what to do when making a mistake are crazy. They can cost $40000 ish. https://www.ajudaica.com/Ashkenaz-Torah-Scroll-with-Ktav-Beit-Yossef/item2017?gclid=CPbMpMyQvtMCFZM7gQodV-UFcA
@stochastix That is beautiful though.
There were about 50,000 books in all of Europe as of 1400 AD. That's not 50k /titles/, but 50k /books/, all told. There were 200 /million/ by 1500, and nearly a billion by 1800. Rural literacy rose from 5% - 90%.
@dredmorbius Dammit. I'm a goner....
@gideonro The Scholastic Method of instruction was a four-part process imposed in part by the lack of availability of books. It consisted of four parts:
* lectio: reading of an authoritative text, and commentary
* meditatio: meditation or reflection
* quaestio: questions (usually submitted in advance)
* dsputationes: resolving controversial quaestiones
This seems a model of web discussions.
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