In a cermomy at the Norwegian Academy od Science and Letters today it has been anounced that this years Abel Laureate for mathematics is Endre Szemeredi for for his fundamental work in discrete mathemtics. The prize will be presented by the King of Norway in May after which the winner will go home with 6 Million Norwegian Kroner.
Szemeredi made a breakthrough when he showed that certan general sets of numbers have arbitrarily long arithmetic sequences. A lemma in the proof has been particularly useful in theoretical computer science and was descirbed as a “game changer” in the subject.
Tim Gowers gave a summary of his discoveries.