|Universiteit Faculteit FNWI English version||14 november 2006, e-mail|
Woensdag 15 november 2006
AbstractFrom Don Zagier's talk in the IMAPP symposium of October 13th 2006:
(...) which is yet much much more mysterious. If you aren't a mathematician - most of you aren't - you won't be that surprised, because it is just one word you never heard of. You'll say `all of this sounds mysterious'. But now comes a word that is very mysterious, even to professional mathematicians, it is the word "algebraic K-theory". It is something that, if you say it to any non-specialist in mathematics, who doesn't to happen to be a K-theorist, he will grow very pale and say `I never understood about K-theory'. So this is something frightening, even for mathematicians.
Being an algebraic K-theorist I feel I have to explain what the subject is about. I will try to keep it elementary, but since K-theory is often about structures of classes of structures, this is not an easy task.