Grokking Bitcoin

Kalle Rosenbaum
Foreword by David A. Harding
  • April 2019
  • ISBN 9781617294648
  • 480 pages
  • printed in black & white

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Filled with clear explanations and many excellent illustrations, this book makes even the most highly technical topic accessible.

From the Foreword by David A. Harding, Contributor to Bitcoin documentation
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If you think Bitcoin is just an alternative currency for geeks, it's time to think again. Grokking Bitcoin opens up this powerful distributed ledger system, exploring the technology that enables applications both for Bitcoin-based financial transactions and using the blockchain for registering physical property ownership. With this fully illustrated, easy-to-read guide, you'll finally understand how Bitcoin works, how you can use it, and why you can trust the blockchain.

about the technology

Inflation, depressed economies, debased currencies … these are just a few of the problems centralized banking has caused throughout history. Bitcoin, a digital currency created with the ambition to shift control away from change-prone governments, has the potential to bring an end to those problems once and for all. It’s time to find out how it can help you.

about the book

Grokking Bitcoin explains why Bitcoin’s supporters trust it so deeply, and why you can too. This approachable book will introduce you to Bitcoin’s groundbreaking technology, which is the key to this world-changing system. This illustrated, easy-to-read guide prepares you for a new way of thinking with easy-to-follow diagrams and exercises. You’ll discover how Bitcoin mining works, how to accept Bitcoin, how to participate in the Bitcoin network, and how to set up a digital wallet.

what's inside

  • Bitcoin transactions
  • The blockchain
  • Bitcoin mining
  • Bitcoin wallets

about the reader

Intended for anyone interested in learning about Bitcoin technology. While a basic understanding of technical concepts is beneficial, no programming skills are necessary.

about the author

Kalle Rosenbaum is a computer scientist, an avid Bitcoin supporter, and the founder of Popeller, a Bitcoin consultancy.

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The smartest and most natural way to learn about all of the bits and pieces surrounding Bitcoin technology without getting overwhelmed by them.

Sergio Fernández González, Accenture

Everything you always wanted to know about Bitcoin (but were afraid to ask)!

Jean-François Morin, Laval University Library

A great introduction to Bitcoins and how they work, full of examples and suitable for all audiences.

Marcello Seri, University of Groningen

A really neat way of walking through how Bitcoin works and why.

Frances Buontempo, BuontempoConsulting
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