Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
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Runner up for the 2017 PROSE Award in Computing and Information Sciences, Association of American Publishers.### About the book _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 blockchain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are users of cryptocurrencies? 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. ### Courses that use the book The book has been used in over 120 courses worldwide, including courses at Berkeley, Cornell, George Mason University, New York University, Stanford, TU Delft, University of California, Davis, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Virginia, and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.