Reference Work Entry

Handbook of K-Theory

pp 577-610

K-Theory and Geometric Topology

  • Jonathan RosenbergAffiliated withUniversity of Maryland


Historically, one of the earliest motivations for the development of K-theory was the need to put on a firm algebraic foundation a number of invariants or obstructions that appear in topology. The primary purpose of this chapter is to examine many of these K-theoretic invariants, not from a historical point of view, but rather a posteriori, now that K-theory is a mature subject.