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Correspondence to Benoît Rittaud.

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Years Ago features essays by historians and mathematicians that take us back in time. Whether addressing special topics or general trends, individual mathematicians or “schools” (as in schools of fish), the idea is always the same: to shed new light on the mathematics of the past. Submissions are welcome.

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Rittaud, B., Heeffer, A. The Pigeonhole Principle, Two Centuries Before Dirichlet. Math Intelligencer 36, 27–29 (2014).

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