What does this mean, "few...more often than"?

YEARS LATER, PHYSICISTS would give wistful looks when they talked about Lorenz's paper on those equations- that beautiful marvel of a paper. "By then it was talked about as if it were an ancient scroll, preserving secrets of eternity. In the thousands of articles that made up the technical literature of chaos few were cited more often than "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow." For years, no single object would inspire more illustrations,even motion pictures, than the mysterious curve depicted at the end, the double spiral that became known as the Lorenz attractor. For the first time, Lorenz's pictures had shown what it meant to say, "This is complicated." All the richness of chaos was there.

  • Try changing "few" to "five" or "47" or "five articles" or "47 articles". Does the phrase make sense with this change? – Jasper Nov 13 '18 at 2:34

In this context, "few" means "only a small number [of articles]".

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  • After reading this sentence once again, I think I catch the meaning. Thanks. – sdasd tont Nov 13 '18 at 4:54

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