# Algebraic K-theory (Mathematics lecture note series) by Hyman Bass

By Hyman Bass

The 'algebraic K-theory offered this is, basically, part of basic linear algebra. it really is taken with the constitution idea of projective modules, and in their automorphism teams. therefore, it's a generalization, within the so much naive feel, off the concept saying the lifestyles and distinctiveness of bases for vector areas, and of the gang thought of the final linear staff over a box. One witnesses right here the evolution of those theorems because the base ring turns into extra basic than a box. there's a "stable shape" during which the above theorems live on (Part2). In a stricter experience those theorems fail within the normal case, and the Grothendieck teams (k0) and Whitehead teams (k1) which we research will be seen as offering a degree in their failure. A topologist can equally search such generalization of hte constitution theorems of linear algebra. He perspectives a vector house as a distinct case of a vector package. The homotopy idea of vector bundles, and topological k-theory, then offer a totally passable framework in which to regard such questions. it truly is amazing that there exists, in algebra, not anything remotely similar intensity or generality, although a lot of those questions are algebraic in personality. --- excerpt from book's advent

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