Princeton University Releases First Draft of Book on Cryptocurrency Technologies

The first draft of Princeton University’s book on digital currency technology called Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, has been announced in a blog post by Arvind Narayanan, who is one of the co-authors of the book.

Narayanan, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton, praised the release and explained that the book is ideal for individuals who are looking to delve into the intricacies and mechanics digital currencies, “If you’re looking to truly understand how Bitcoin works at a technical level and have a basic familiarity with computer science and programming, this book is for you.” said Arvind Narayanan.

The 300-page book has several chapters dedicated to the applications of the blockchain technology; regulatory issues; security and anonymity of Bitcoin. Each chapter also has simple programming assignments that help the reader grasp certain aspects of the Bitcoin system.

According to the the blog post, the official peer-reviewed version of the book will be published by the Princeton University Press this summer.

The book’s other co-authors include several computer science professors and PhD students such as Andrew Miller from the University of Maryland; Joseph Bonneau, fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Jeremy Clark, assistant professor of Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University; Steven Goldfeder, PhD computer science student at Princeton; Ed Felten, computer science professor at Princeton.

Earlier versions of the book have been used in multiple university courses on digital currencies and blockchain technologies,

“Several courses have already used an earlier draft of the book in their classes, including Stanford’s CS 251.”

Narayana also mentioned in his post that a discussion the Ethereum blockchain is included in the 10th Chapter of the book.


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