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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for t Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for the Internet age. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are their users? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? These are some of the many questions this book answers. It begins by tracing the history and development of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and then gives the conceptual and practical foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network as well as to integrate ideas from Bitcoin into your own projects. Topics include decentralization, mining, the politics of Bitcoin, altcoins and the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the future of Bitcoin, and more. An essential introduction to the new technologies of digital currency Covers the history and mechanics of Bitcoin and the block chain, security, decentralization, anonymity, politics and regulation, altcoins, and much more Features an accompanying website that includes instructional videos for each chapter, homework problems, programming assignments, and lecture slides Also suitable for use with the authors' Coursera online course Electronic solutions manual (available only to professors)


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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for t Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for the Internet age. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are their users? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? These are some of the many questions this book answers. It begins by tracing the history and development of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and then gives the conceptual and practical foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network as well as to integrate ideas from Bitcoin into your own projects. Topics include decentralization, mining, the politics of Bitcoin, altcoins and the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the future of Bitcoin, and more. An essential introduction to the new technologies of digital currency Covers the history and mechanics of Bitcoin and the block chain, security, decentralization, anonymity, politics and regulation, altcoins, and much more Features an accompanying website that includes instructional videos for each chapter, homework problems, programming assignments, and lecture slides Also suitable for use with the authors' Coursera online course Electronic solutions manual (available only to professors)

30 review for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Warren Mcpherson

    This is the best introduction to Bitcoin and blockchains currently available. It is the tenth book I've read on the subject and it does the best job of providing context and clear technical explanations. It presents a balanced view of controversies. Many questions both social and technical remain open and are presented that way. The most interesting questions tend to be social so the ability to understand the technical details of the system and establish the social context is very useful. Partic This is the best introduction to Bitcoin and blockchains currently available. It is the tenth book I've read on the subject and it does the best job of providing context and clear technical explanations. It presents a balanced view of controversies. Many questions both social and technical remain open and are presented that way. The most interesting questions tend to be social so the ability to understand the technical details of the system and establish the social context is very useful. Particularly valuable were the descriptions of digital currency systems that were created previously. Understanding them can provide critical insight into related discussions that are often badly misunderstood. The motivation that shaped the success of Bitcoin is also significant. Many attacks on the system are discussed. I have seen legal issues dealt with in more detail elsewhere, I think that is reasonable. Etherium and other use cases for blockchains may become very important in the future. The discussion here is pretty brief and the author suggests this might be a topic for another book. Several alternatives (altcoins) are discussed. Broadly speaking the topics covered by the book include the following: Achieving decentralization and technical mechanics of the system. Use and storage of Bitcoins. Mining: the administration of the system. Anonymity, Community, and Regulation. Using the blockchain for new applications. The content was accurate and sources were given to help dig deeper into any particular topic. By the end of the book, you have had a pretty reasonable introduction to the important issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Here are a couple of quotes that reflect the insight of the book: "Bitcoin is deep, novel, interesting, and based on sound principles." "There were numerous failed attempts at digital or electronic cash before Bitcoin. Bitcoin's key difference compared to most of these attempts is decentralization. The core innovation of Bitcoin that enables that decentralization is the blockchain."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

    Browsing around, you'll find lots of ressources online, but not many concise and well-structured books going deeper and doing more than reaping low-hanging fruits. My hope and expectation with this book was that it will bring me a balanced view on the topic (unlike one of those "Make Money Fast!" books) a broader view than only technological - i.e. ethical, legal, or social implications should be discussed instead of explaining platform APIs In summary, this book fulfilled my expectations, was well Browsing around, you'll find lots of ressources online, but not many concise and well-structured books going deeper and doing more than reaping low-hanging fruits. My hope and expectation with this book was that it will bring me a balanced view on the topic (unlike one of those "Make Money Fast!" books) a broader view than only technological - i.e. ethical, legal, or social implications should be discussed instead of explaining platform APIs In summary, this book fulfilled my expectations, was well worth the reading time, and I absolutely recommend it. It is easily readable, gives many concrete examples, shows where different implementation paths could lead. Full review at my review blog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jurgen Appelo

    A broad and deep overview. Very thorough!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    By far the most appealing initation into BTC. Innovation only seems to be disruptive in hindsight, as clearly portrayed in the introduction. This galvanizes the reader into more challenging mathematical concepts. The underlying technology will be demystified using scientifc knowledge such as Merkle Trees, RSA (...) with a plethora of examples. Nowaday we are faced with a myriad of (bad crypto) books, but this book will probably give you more than just a "first glimpse" of cryptotechnologies. By far the most appealing initation into BTC. Innovation only seems to be disruptive in hindsight, as clearly portrayed in the introduction. This galvanizes the reader into more challenging mathematical concepts. The underlying technology will be demystified using scientifc knowledge such as Merkle Trees, RSA (...) with a plethora of examples. Nowaday we are faced with a myriad of (bad crypto) books, but this book will probably give you more than just a "first glimpse" of cryptotechnologies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Omri Gazitt

    Great intro to bitcoin and cryptocurrency Prof Felten et al have written a technical yet approachable introduction to blockchain technology and its applications (bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies). A first or second-year CS student will be comfortable with the technical portions of the book. But the general material is suitable for any audience. My only critical comment is that much has changed in the bitcoin / cryptocurrency community since late 2015 when the book was written. It would be good Great intro to bitcoin and cryptocurrency Prof Felten et al have written a technical yet approachable introduction to blockchain technology and its applications (bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies). A first or second-year CS student will be comfortable with the technical portions of the book. But the general material is suitable for any audience. My only critical comment is that much has changed in the bitcoin / cryptocurrency community since late 2015 when the book was written. It would be good to update the book to reflect current hash rates (which are 25x higher), the rise of Etherium, and the hard fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash.

  6. 5 out of 5

    YHC

    Frankly Speaking, this book is more like for the Bitcoin investors, diggers, or the one who plan to be bitcoin diggers. It explained very much in details about how Bitcoins are spent and traded on line, it compared many different current existing cryptocurrencies and if you are individual digger, actually there is no profits considering the big power bill to pay. This book even explained how you get a bitcoin, only after you find our/ dig out a blockchain or , before that you get nothing, the lo Frankly Speaking, this book is more like for the Bitcoin investors, diggers, or the one who plan to be bitcoin diggers. It explained very much in details about how Bitcoins are spent and traded on line, it compared many different current existing cryptocurrencies and if you are individual digger, actually there is no profits considering the big power bill to pay. This book even explained how you get a bitcoin, only after you find our/ dig out a blockchain or , before that you get nothing, the longer and complete the blockchain you have formed, the better it will compensate you with bitcoins. Therefore in the book it also talks about some dudes actually cheated to cut in or steal other's hard work. If you are a geek and want to understand how this code works, you could read this book, it does explain into details about the whole structures. Mostly it focus on Bitcoin and less on blockchain, but they are tied to each other, so still worth reading, just choose what you want to know.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erika RS

    This textbook contains an in depth technical discussion of how bitcoin, and blockchains in general, work. It also covers the non-technical challenges associated with cryptocurrency and bitcoin in particular. While introduction to bitcoin articles give some idea of how bitcoin works, it took a deeper treatment like this to feel like I understood the details. As someone who is mainly interested in blockchain as a technology rather than bitcoin in particular, the discussion of how the incentives fo This textbook contains an in depth technical discussion of how bitcoin, and blockchains in general, work. It also covers the non-technical challenges associated with cryptocurrency and bitcoin in particular. While introduction to bitcoin articles give some idea of how bitcoin works, it took a deeper treatment like this to feel like I understood the details. As someone who is mainly interested in blockchain as a technology rather than bitcoin in particular, the discussion of how the incentives for mining interact with the blockchain technology was particularly interesting because a non-currency blockchain is going to necessarily have a different incentive structure than a currency where the blockchain can generate and transfer value to reward mining. By the way, a draft PDF of the book, which is what I read, is available from the authors: http://bitcoinbook.cs.princeton.edu/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tuan Do

    A great introductory book to cryptocurrencies for people with certain computer science background. However, even if you don't have much background on CS's algorithms and data structures, you would still find the book amazingly understandable and informative, especially in some of the last chapters (namely Bitcoin as a platform, Altcoins and The Future of Bitcoin). If you're looking for a book that is less superfluous and exaggerated about cryptocurrencies, this is definitely it. A great introductory book to cryptocurrencies for people with certain computer science background. However, even if you don't have much background on CS's algorithms and data structures, you would still find the book amazingly understandable and informative, especially in some of the last chapters (namely Bitcoin as a platform, Altcoins and The Future of Bitcoin). If you're looking for a book that is less superfluous and exaggerated about cryptocurrencies, this is definitely it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Niraj Pant

    This is THE definitive book on the topic of Bitcoin and decentralized systems. Although some of the lessons are a bit outdated, this is a great book if you really want to understand the technical underpinnings behind the technology.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stevewilliams27

    There's a lot of less than stellar literature on bitcoin and crypto out there. In fact, most of what you will find is poorly put together in a seeming mad dash to be first to market. Other resources simply tout the pie-in-the-sky potential of decentralization by painting idealist pictures of what a fantasy world could look like without really delving into the technology or acknowledging the many problems and challenges that are present (although I'm only halfway through that Tapscott book...). T There's a lot of less than stellar literature on bitcoin and crypto out there. In fact, most of what you will find is poorly put together in a seeming mad dash to be first to market. Other resources simply tout the pie-in-the-sky potential of decentralization by painting idealist pictures of what a fantasy world could look like without really delving into the technology or acknowledging the many problems and challenges that are present (although I'm only halfway through that Tapscott book...). This seems to be the first and only comprehensive resource I've found the explains the technology at a low level, a high level, and thoroughly discusses both the implications and potential uses of the technology while also bringing to light inherent challenges and weaknesses in the tech that will make these uses difficult to adopt universally. One thing that was not covered is how blockchain technology could be disruptive independent of a cryptocurrency existing, but given the title I guess I can't really have expected that to be in there. Oh and another bonus is that it exists in video form: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNcS...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    Disclaimer: I read the free first-draft version of this book that was circulating online. I also skipped/ skimmed through most of chapter 8 on mining and hash puzzles. I came across Narayanan when a friend from the Ethereum Foundation recommended the free online Princeton lectures on blockchain as a way to get started on the topic. I found the lectures very thorough, with the concepts broken down very clearly for non-technical amateurs like myself. The topics I enjoyed were the debunking of the a Disclaimer: I read the free first-draft version of this book that was circulating online. I also skipped/ skimmed through most of chapter 8 on mining and hash puzzles. I came across Narayanan when a friend from the Ethereum Foundation recommended the free online Princeton lectures on blockchain as a way to get started on the topic. I found the lectures very thorough, with the concepts broken down very clearly for non-technical amateurs like myself. The topics I enjoyed were the debunking of the anonymity myth (we should use 'pseudonymity' more) as well as the technical unpacking of 'decentralisation'. The idea of smart contracts and using protocols to build-in rules, deterrence and punishment in a system to hold players accountable is highly intriguing for the many use-cases it can spurn. Having roughly completed this textbook I still can't say I'm well versed in this topic. The industry is moving so quickly, with the rise of altcoins and ICOs and accusations of close-looped databases within a consortium masquerading as blockchain technology. More examination and real application/ thinking has to be done.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cem Aydin

    A proper textbook where each chapter explains the main tradeoffs involved in a certain aspect of cryptocurrencies. Each chapter is engaging and fairly self-contained. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how cryptocurrencies work. The order in which chapters are presented was not helpful: I recommend you read chapters 1-4 first (which offer a broad introduction to the idea of cryptocurrency) and then jump around to chapters you find more interesting. However, the book does not A proper textbook where each chapter explains the main tradeoffs involved in a certain aspect of cryptocurrencies. Each chapter is engaging and fairly self-contained. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how cryptocurrencies work. The order in which chapters are presented was not helpful: I recommend you read chapters 1-4 first (which offer a broad introduction to the idea of cryptocurrency) and then jump around to chapters you find more interesting. However, the book does not offer a complete understanding of how cryptocurrencies work. I imagine there will be other textbooks in the future that do a better job of abstracting away from the cryptographic details of cryptocurrencies and focus on the data structures they use and the economic structures they create.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Milyoner

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  14. 5 out of 5

    AnnBrown

    I like how this book is composed. Everything is divided into stages and read simply and clearly. I would like to note that real beginners need to more carefully explain the possibilities of anonymous transfer of cryptocurrencies. It costs nothing to include here a chapter on top-end Bitcoin mixers - https://bitcoin-mixer.biz/ This will give a good practical option for a beginner, especially if you supplement the theory with examples. People tend to use crypto precisely because they want complete I like how this book is composed. Everything is divided into stages and read simply and clearly. I would like to note that real beginners need to more carefully explain the possibilities of anonymous transfer of cryptocurrencies. It costs nothing to include here a chapter on top-end Bitcoin mixers - https://bitcoin-mixer.biz/ This will give a good practical option for a beginner, especially if you supplement the theory with examples. People tend to use crypto precisely because they want complete anonymity. Do you agree with me?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    An excellent coverage of the included material, which doesn't really suffer for being a few years "out of date" at this point. Most of the material is of a general technical nature, and/or touches on components of how Bitcoin works that are unlikely to change any time soon, so it remains fairly timely. This could probably be interchanged with the O'Reilly texts from Antonopoulos or Song on Bitcoin for a certain reader, but is probably the easiest general introduction overall of the three, while An excellent coverage of the included material, which doesn't really suffer for being a few years "out of date" at this point. Most of the material is of a general technical nature, and/or touches on components of how Bitcoin works that are unlikely to change any time soon, so it remains fairly timely. This could probably be interchanged with the O'Reilly texts from Antonopoulos or Song on Bitcoin for a certain reader, but is probably the easiest general introduction overall of the three, while maintaining a lot of the same coverage. Easy to recommend for anyone interested, in any case.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kahscho

    Good explanation of Bitcoin’s technical details The first three chapters provide a pretty good explanation of how Bitcoin works on a technical level. While it gets into the weeds, it is accessible to readers without a technical background. The book’s later chapters are a bit uneven, but dive into some of the economics and policy issues raised by the currency.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Renbao Liu

    The forward is a nice introduction. The first 5 chapters are excellent in explaining the technical background of bitcoins and cryptocurrency. The discussions in the latter chapters (6-11), however, are a little too sketchy. Overall, an excellent book (probably the best available on the topic as of 2018).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Slamm

    Clear technical explanation of cryptocurrencies and bitcoin specifically. First 3 chapters are the most useful for general cryptocurrency. The rest is more specific and about bitcoin specifically. Just read the first 3 chapters for a good technical understanding.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A reasonably good introduction to Bitcoin and crypto in general. Obviously a good amount of this is outdated at this point, but it still reasonably gives a history of motivations and underlying tech involved in blockchain in 2015.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ege Unlu

    Comprehensive review of Bitcoin and Crypto in general, a lot of concrete examples to illustrate technical details and possibilities, realistic philosophical discussions and historical background to back it up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fredrik August Madsen-Malmo

    Overall a great introduction Great introduction to the technologies employed in Bitcoin, as well as interesting discussions regarding the non-technical aspects of cryptocurrency. Would recommend to anyone who’s interested in cryptocurrency.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bart Du Bois

    Clear explanations of the fundamental principles behind blockchain. I rented it at first, yet given the length and quality I bought it. Much recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    Wow ... it takes a lot of time to truly understand this book, but at list I have the basics of cryptocurrency ... but this book cover all I think

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Excellent lucid presentation with the right level of technical detail.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roger Dean

    Hard textbook on bitcoin and blockchain.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dominik Duda

    A comprehensive guide to bitcoin inner workings and history. You definitely need to be a programmer of some sort to fully grasp the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Viktor Bresan

    Really nice and easy to read introduction to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies. Though it needs a complete update.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    You don’t need a tech background to read this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Great introduction to how bitcoin works.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Tervanen

    Mostly about the technical aspects of crypto. Having a CS background would help however, it is still quite understandable.

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