### Algebraic K-theory of rings from a topological viewpoint.

Because of its strong interaction with almost every part of pure mathematics, algebraic K-theory has had a spectacular development since its origin in the late fifties. The objective of this paper is to provide the basic definitions of the algebraic K-theory of rings and an overview of the main classical theorems. Since the algebraic K-groups of a ring R are the homotopy groups of a topological space associated with the general linear group over R, it is obvious that many general results follow...