Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction

  • 8h 4m
  • Arvind Narayanan, et al.
  • Princeton University Press
  • 2016

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)

About the Authors

Arvind Narayanan is assistant professor of computer science at Princeton University.

Joseph Bonneau is a postdoctoral researcher at the Applied Cryptography Group at Stanford University.

Edward Felten is director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy.

Andrew Miller is a PhD student in computer science at the University of Maryland.

Steven Goldfeder is a PhD student in computer science at Princeton.

In this Book

  • Foreword—The Long Road to Bitcoin
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies
  • How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization
  • Mechanics of Bitcoin
  • How to Store and Use Bitcoins
  • Bitcoin Mining
  • Bitcoin and Anonymity
  • Community, Politics, and Regulation
  • Alternative Mining Puzzles
  • Bitcoin as a Platform
  • Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem
  • Decentralized Institutions—The Future of Bitcoin?
  • Conclusion