Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive IntroductionAuthors: Arvind Narayanan, Princeton assistant professor of computer science; Joseph Bonneau, postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University; Edward Felten, Princeton Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs; Andrew Miller, assistant professor at the University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign; and Steven Goldfeder, Princeton Ph.D. student in computer science

Publisher: Princeton University Press, 2016

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. How do bitcoins and their 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.