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In 1877 Dedekind began generalizing some of Dirichlet's work to number fields. His first paper on the topic is Über die Anzahl der Ideal-Klassen in den verschiedenen Ordnungen eines endlichen Körpers [MR:237282]. It appears that Hecke named the Dedekind zeta-function after him.

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