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Minkowski in Königsberg 1884: A talk in Lindemann's colloquium

Author: Joachim Schwermer
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 47 (2010), 355-362
MSC (2000): Primary 11F75, 22E40; Secondary 11F70, 57R95
Published electronically: February 2, 2010
MathSciNet review: 2594631
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Joachim Schwermer
Affiliation: Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Nordbergstrasse 15, A-1090 Vienna, Austria; and Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics, Boltzmanngasse 9, A-1090 Vienna, Austria

PII: S 0273-0979(10)01291-7
Keywords: Quadratic forms, reduction theory
Received by editor(s): October 2, 2009
Published electronically: February 2, 2010
Additional Notes: The author thanks Della Fenster for her insightful comments on a first version of this note.
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