The Mysterious Mr. Ammann

  title={The Mysterious Mr. Ammann},
  author={Marjorie Senechal},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  • M. Senechal
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Mathematics
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
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