Congratulations to Endre Szemerédi on winning this year’s Abel Prize in mathematics! Ever since my work took a turn towards combinatorics years ago, I have been constantly awed by the breadth, depth and vision in Szemerédi’s work. His impact on mathematics has been beyond profound, not just in combinatorics, but also in many adjacent fields, from harmonic analysis and number theory to computer science. I am especially happy to see his name alongside those of the previous prize winners, such as Serre, Atiyah and Singer, Carleson, Lax, Gromov, or Milnor. He has long deserved this level of recognition.
Tim Gowers, who spoke on Szemerédi’s work following today’s announcement, has posted a written version of his presentation here.