Congratulations to Jozsef Solymosi on winning the 2008 André-Aisenstadt Prize! The citation on the CRM web page praises him for “the extraordinary efficiency and elegance of his results at the cutting edge of a new field, additive combinatorics (sometimes called arithmetic combinatorics)” and “the simplicity and deep insight in each of his works.” What this means is that where other authors – absolutely no slouches by any standards – write 30-page papers using sophisticated technology, Jozsef will prove a better result by much simpler methods, throw in additional insights that alone make the paper worth reading, and he’ll do it all in, say, 4-5 pages. Well done!

## Welcome!

Hello. My name is Izabella Laba. I’m a mathematics professor at the University of British Columbia. This will be my blog. I’m planning to write about mathematics – research in math, teaching math, math politics, and more – but also about anything else that I might be interested in.

To illustrate this last point, and for a good start, here’s a vaudeville Brel cover…

a jazzy Brel cover…

and a subtitled Brel in person.