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Did du Bois-Reymond invent the diagonal argument before Cantor?

The Wiki article on Cantor's diagonal argument mentions that the first use of a diagonal argument was in the work of Paul du Bois-Reymond in 1875. This would be one year after Cantor's first proof of ...
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Did Emil du Bois-Reymond's 1872 lecture on the limits of science influence his brother Paul du Bois-Reymond's 1875 invention of the diagonal argument?

As the biographer of the physiologist Emil du Bois-Reymond I'm delighted by the discussion of his brother Paul du Bois-Reymond's contribution to the invention of the diagonal argument. Does anyone ...