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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
Instructor: Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten, Andrew Miller
Department: Computer Science
Institution: Princeton University
Platform: Independent
Year: 2015
Price: Free
Textbook:
Arvind Narayanan,‎ Joseph Bonneau,‎ Edward Felten,‎ Andrew Miller,‎ Steven Goldfeder. "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction", Princeton University Press, 2016.
Description:
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. This includes a collection of YouTube video lectures, programming assignments and free pre-publication draft of the textbook. It also has a online course version via Coursera.