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  • Alicia Dickenstein
  • Affiliation: Departamento de Matemática, FCEN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, C1428EGA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • MR Author ID: 57755
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  • Received by editor(s): September 10, 2008
  • Published electronically: September 15, 2008
  • Additional Notes: I am grateful to David Eisenbud for listening to my story and suggesting to write it for the Bulletin. I also thank my friends Michael Singer, Daniel Arias and Adrián Paenza for their thorough reading of the first version of this note.
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  • Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 46 (2009), 125-129
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  • MathSciNet review: 2457074