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An Algebraic Introduction to K-Theory

Part of Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521106580


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  • This is an introduction to algebraic K-theory with no prerequisite beyond a first semester of algebra (including Galois theory and modules over a principal ideal domain). The presentation is almost entirely self-contained, and is divided into short sections with exercises to reinforce the ideas and suggest further lines of inquiry. No experience with analysis, geometry, number theory or topology is assumed. Within the context of linear algebra, K-theory organises and clarifies the relations among ideal class groups, group representations, quadratic forms, dimensions of a ring, determinants, quadratic reciprocity and Brauer groups of fields. By including introductions to standard algebra topics (tensor products, localisation, Jacobson radical, chain conditions, Dedekind domains, semi-simple rings, exterior algebras), the author makes algebraic K-theory accessible to first-year graduate students and other mathematically sophisticated readers. Even if your algebra is rusty, you can read this book; the necessary background is here, with proofs.

    • A self-contained exposition of the main theorems of classical algebraic K-theory
    • Accessible to anyone with a good first semester introduction to algebra
    • The methods are entirely algebraic, unlike other treatments which require some advanced knowledge of topology, geometry, or functional analysis
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    Review of the hardback: '… this is a well written introduction to the theory of the algebraic K-groups Ko, K1 and K2; the author has done a wonderful job in presenting the material in a clear way that will be accessible to readers with a modest background in algebra.' Franz Lemmermeyer, Zentralblatt MATH

    Review of the hardback: 'This is a fine introduction to algebraic K-theory, requiring only a basic preliminary knowledge of groups, rings and modules.' European Mathematical Society

    Review of the hardback: '… a fine introduction to algebraic K-theory …' EMS Newsletter

    Review of the hardback: '… an excellent introduction to the algebraic K-theory.' Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521106580
    • length: 692 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 37 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Groups of modules: Ko
    2. Sources of Ko
    3. Groups of matrices: K1
    4. Relations among matrices: K2
    5. Sources of K2.

  • Author

    Bruce A. Magurn, Miami University

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