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Most people, upon first hearing about Bitcoin, don’t really understand it. Is it magical Internet money? Where does it come from? Who controls it? Why is it important? For me, understanding all the things that come together to make Bitcoin work - the physics, math, cryptography, game theory, economics, and computer science - was a profound moment. In this book, I hope to s Most people, upon first hearing about Bitcoin, don’t really understand it. Is it magical Internet money? Where does it come from? Who controls it? Why is it important? For me, understanding all the things that come together to make Bitcoin work - the physics, math, cryptography, game theory, economics, and computer science - was a profound moment. In this book, I hope to share this knowledge with you in a very simple and easy to understand way. With nothing but a high school level math background, we will walk through inventing bitcoin, step by step.


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Most people, upon first hearing about Bitcoin, don’t really understand it. Is it magical Internet money? Where does it come from? Who controls it? Why is it important? For me, understanding all the things that come together to make Bitcoin work - the physics, math, cryptography, game theory, economics, and computer science - was a profound moment. In this book, I hope to s Most people, upon first hearing about Bitcoin, don’t really understand it. Is it magical Internet money? Where does it come from? Who controls it? Why is it important? For me, understanding all the things that come together to make Bitcoin work - the physics, math, cryptography, game theory, economics, and computer science - was a profound moment. In this book, I hope to share this knowledge with you in a very simple and easy to understand way. With nothing but a high school level math background, we will walk through inventing bitcoin, step by step.

30 review for Inventing Bitcoin: The Technology Behind The First Truly Scarce and Decentralized Money Explained

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenton

    A great introduction to Bitcoin, what it is, and how it works!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ciro

    A very good primer for understanding the history of Bitcoin, what it ACTUALLY is, and where it's going. All under 100 pages. Those who wait too long to invest are probably going to be pretty upset with themselves. A very good primer for understanding the history of Bitcoin, what it ACTUALLY is, and where it's going. All under 100 pages. Those who wait too long to invest are probably going to be pretty upset with themselves.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Lobatto

    Excellent mid-level introduction to bitcoin that manages to strike a great balance between brevity yet including enough information and analysis to give the reader a very firm foundation on the various components of bitcoin and POW that make it so revolutionary and anti-fragile.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Incredibly well-written and a short read, this is the best explanation of Bitcoin I have yet come across. I came out with a much clearer understanding of mining, hashrates, and other weird terms that have had me scratching my head. Well worth the time!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jakub

    I've read a lot of crypto literature. This is the best, most concise explanation of Bitcoin basics I've come across. I've read a lot of crypto literature. This is the best, most concise explanation of Bitcoin basics I've come across.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DC Ork

    With "Inventing Bitcoin" author Yan Pritzker set out on a clear mission: to explain the underlying technology of Bitcoin. Honing in specifically on the Bitcoin and not crypto or distributed ledgers more generally, Pritzker goes step by step through the what makes Bitcoin work explaining concepts like Proof of Work and mining in language that anyone can understand. The tone is encouraging and inviting, like a high school teacher who's genuinely passionate about educating his students. In this boo With "Inventing Bitcoin" author Yan Pritzker set out on a clear mission: to explain the underlying technology of Bitcoin. Honing in specifically on the Bitcoin and not crypto or distributed ledgers more generally, Pritzker goes step by step through the what makes Bitcoin work explaining concepts like Proof of Work and mining in language that anyone can understand. The tone is encouraging and inviting, like a high school teacher who's genuinely passionate about educating his students. In this book, you won't find political manifestos or even a shred of conjecture about investment strategies. Pritzker deftly avoids using this as an opportunity to preach why everyone should hold BTC, allowing instead for the objective facts surrounding the tech to demonstrate why this is such revolutionary technology. if you're like me and have bought a small amount of BTC from some sense of FOMO, but without really understanding how it works, this book has the power to turn you from a trend-chasing speculator into an informed investor.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vinoth Kumar Kannan

    A quick read on the technology/protocol behind bitcoin. The author starts from a real world P2P transfer and tries to reason a way out to invent something like bitcoin - or indirectly helping us understand how bitcoin did it (decentralized anarchy!). I felt some information missing/skipped in between though - just some parts where the author jumped concepts (skipping explaining an intermediate concept which is used in describing another concept) and other than that I'd say this book fulfilled its A quick read on the technology/protocol behind bitcoin. The author starts from a real world P2P transfer and tries to reason a way out to invent something like bitcoin - or indirectly helping us understand how bitcoin did it (decentralized anarchy!). I felt some information missing/skipped in between though - just some parts where the author jumped concepts (skipping explaining an intermediate concept which is used in describing another concept) and other than that I'd say this book fulfilled its purpose. I wish it also had discussions/solutions to the price speculation of bitcoin as it is now, but yeah, may be the author thought it was unnecessary to cover that in a book aimed for explaining the tech behind it. The book is written especially for non-tech people (a little knowledge of cryptography will help you understand better, though), so go on give it a read to see whats all the crypto fuss about and how brilliant the overall concept is. Just this book is not enough to understand bitcoin, but a good starting point, for sure.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Ellsworth

    Very helpful and concise primer that does a very good job laying out the key components of the Bitcoin network. It is easily digestible, and provides some good options on where to turn next depending on which aspects of the Bitcoin phenomenon you are most interested in. It is no criticism of the book to say that, even when the Bitcoin architecture is laid out in a clear & understandable way, you can still very easily see how it would be considered daunting & technical by the general public, altho Very helpful and concise primer that does a very good job laying out the key components of the Bitcoin network. It is easily digestible, and provides some good options on where to turn next depending on which aspects of the Bitcoin phenomenon you are most interested in. It is no criticism of the book to say that, even when the Bitcoin architecture is laid out in a clear & understandable way, you can still very easily see how it would be considered daunting & technical by the general public, although it should be one of the key takeaways. If I do have a criticism, it is that the book is perhaps just a little too enthusiastic about the potential and the ultimate security of Bitcoin (I wonder if the aspects of unlocking human ingenuity that maximalists praise may be both its greatest strength and the ultimate cause of its downfall).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A useful primer on Bitcoin. This book focuses on the technology behind Bitcoin such as the encryption, proof of work mining system, and decentralized network in contrast to fiat currency. This book is accessible to a broad audience so you can grasp the code behind Bitcoin without a programming background. An excellent brief read (under 100 pages) for anyone interested in the technology behind Bitcoin and how it provides individuals with financial sovereignty over their finances in contrast to the A useful primer on Bitcoin. This book focuses on the technology behind Bitcoin such as the encryption, proof of work mining system, and decentralized network in contrast to fiat currency. This book is accessible to a broad audience so you can grasp the code behind Bitcoin without a programming background. An excellent brief read (under 100 pages) for anyone interested in the technology behind Bitcoin and how it provides individuals with financial sovereignty over their finances in contrast to the centralized fiat system. A useful book to understand the economics of Bitcoin is the Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jump&Yvy

    Great non technical overview on how Bitcoin works. Great non technical overview on how Bitcoin works. The right amount of rigorous details will drive you through the disruption of the financial world as we know it. A must read for everyone really looking into understanding Bitcoin!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Solid intro book that explains the basics (especially mining and incentives) at a high level. No economics, no HUGE emphasis on why bitcoin is so important (although it talks some), and far less technical than Mastering Bitcoin. Can be read in 1-2 hours so definitely think it’s worth the time for most.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Garima Khandelwal

    The genesis of bitcoin, the concepts around it and how it's different from any other currency or money are presented in an intriguing manner as well as in layman's language, which makes this book easy to comprehend. It's a good starting point, and there are different references mentioned in the book, which someone can utilise to dive deeper. The genesis of bitcoin, the concepts around it and how it's different from any other currency or money are presented in an intriguing manner as well as in layman's language, which makes this book easy to comprehend. It's a good starting point, and there are different references mentioned in the book, which someone can utilise to dive deeper.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Saint Erik

    This is the best Bitcoin explainer I've read so far. Yan does an incredible job of breaking down complex principles like SHA256 encryption and the relationship it has to private and public keys. A very excellent explanation on how the mining rewards work in relation to hash power and the difficulty adjustment. If you want to learn Bitcoin start here. This is the best Bitcoin explainer I've read so far. Yan does an incredible job of breaking down complex principles like SHA256 encryption and the relationship it has to private and public keys. A very excellent explanation on how the mining rewards work in relation to hash power and the difficulty adjustment. If you want to learn Bitcoin start here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    K

    Breaking it down for the common folk This book does a great job of taking a very large and complicated topic and splitting it into smaller, eat to digest bits. Brings understanding Bitcoin to anyone with a little time to kill.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Slava Baranskyi

    Trip through Satoshi’s head The book is well built for such noons as me. You start with a problems. One by another. And move with the Author solving them, like Nakamoto hopefully did. Great book. Swallowed in it one session. Thanks, Yan. And all great wishes from Ukraine 🙏

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharad Todi

    Great quick intro to Bitcoin Lucid writing, concepts made simple to understand, short and sweet! Completed it pretty quickly and feel more knowledgeable about the subject Nothing to nitpick about 👍👍

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yan Pritzker

    The best from-scratch introduction to Bitcoin.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arun Philips

    Good, brief introduction to the technicals behind bitcoin. Relevant read in 2019.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barry Butler

    Good Overview Good overview of Bitcoin, but a little short on other details. I wish it would have gone into more on wallets, transactions, etc.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gerbz

    Awesome way to explain HOW Bitcoin works to non technical people, as oppose why it matters. For that, The Bitcoin Standard.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Riki Roash

    I gained a lot of knowledge from this book. It was written very well and clearly, and there are easy to understand diagrams. I feel like this has helped me get a good grip on the subject.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jakub

    I've read a lot of crypto literature. This is the best, most concise explanation of Bitcoin basics I've come across. I've read a lot of crypto literature. This is the best, most concise explanation of Bitcoin basics I've come across.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

    I will buy this $10 100-page book for anyone I know that wants to read it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jagadeesh

    Answers some fundamental and logical questions in a easy to understand way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amoga Krishnan

    Good book. Explains the technical parts of bitcoin in simple language. Don't wish the author did things any different, but would have liked to see a more detailed explanation of Alt Coins in general. Good book. Explains the technical parts of bitcoin in simple language. Don't wish the author did things any different, but would have liked to see a more detailed explanation of Alt Coins in general.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Taylor

    Excellent.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alex Halloran

    A very approachable and quick read that breaks the concepts down into familiar, laymans terms. This is a great read on how Bitcoin works, especially for non-technical people.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Saurav Poudel

    If you are looking for a short, non-technical but effective explanation of Satoshi Nakamoto's paper, this is it. Important read. In decades to come, we could see the impact of Bitcoin. If you are looking for a short, non-technical but effective explanation of Satoshi Nakamoto's paper, this is it. Important read. In decades to come, we could see the impact of Bitcoin.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Thomas

    Simple and Sweet introduction to what a bitcoin is and how it works. Perfect beginning for a non technical person!

  30. 5 out of 5

    LocK3D KillaRzZ

    Hey! This bitcoin things is complicated I want just make some profit's on it, can someone advice how to do it properly? Hey! This bitcoin things is complicated I want just make some profit's on it, can someone advice how to do it properly?

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