Technology Books

Book selections from our reading list with a focus on the software innovations underpinning Bitcoin, as well as guidance on how to begin programming blockchains yourself.

Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies

Andreas Antonopoulos
2014 • Intermediate • 416 pages

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos is internationally renowned for his ability to explain both the technological nuances and the broader implications of Bitcoin’s underlying programming in ways that his audience can easily understand.

This remarkable text extends his legacy of breaking down challenging concepts in an accessible manner, while also further exploring the deeper technical concepts that make the blockchain tick. For this reason, Mastering Bitcoin is an essential read for any aspiring programmer or entrepreneur who wishes to participate directly in the creation of this revolutionary new financial system.

Blockchain Revolution

Don & Alex Tapscott
2016 • Beginner • 432 pages

Bestselling author Don Tapscott and his son Alex, an expert on blockchain, offer this well-researched novel as a perceptive look into the business trends and paradigm shifts accompanying the adoption of blockchain technology across a vast array of industries.

Whether you’re an artist looking to secure your own intellectual property or a consumer investigating the sources of the food on your table, Don & Alex shine a light on how the numerous ingenious applications of distributed ledger technology will change the world, with a plethora of real-life examples.

The Science of the Blockchain

Roger Wattenhofer
2016 • Advanced • 124 pages

While blockchains are a relatively new technological development, the basic techniques, algorithms, and protocols that make them work have existed for decades. In The Science of the Blockchain, Roger Wattenhofer further examines these mathematical methods, providing a more thorough look at the underlying functions and mechanisms governing cryptocurrency operations.

By exploring these fundamental computer science principles, such as Byzantine Agreements and Quorum systems, Wattenhofer demonstrates to his readers the extraordinary elegance of the consensus systems originally devised by Satoshi Nakamoto.

The Business Blockchain

William Mougayar
2016 • Intermediate • 208 pages

Envisioning a digital world that hosts potentially millions of independent blockchains, each facilitating a unique aspect of a global value exchange, William Mougayar invites both technologists and businessmen to consider business models and opportunities that may still be invisible to the untrained eye.

With over 3 decades of industry experience and multiple successes in shaping technology startups and organizations, Mougayar sculpts an intriguing narrative of the future where distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies inspire fundamental shifts in the way corporations operate.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau,
Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, & Steven Goldfeder
2016 • Intermediate • 336 pages

This ambitious yet comprehensive introduction to blockchain technology succeeds in balancing technical explanations of blockchain mechanics with the corresponding features they allow. Appropriate for the intermediate programmer or up-and-coming tech entrepreneur, this text offers explanations for the practical foundations needed to begin devising your own cryptocurrency businesses and applications. 

Beyond the text contained in the book, this work features an accompanying webcourse with instructional videos, programming assignments, and homework problems, uniquely positioning itself as an academic complement to any student’s library.

The Code Book

Simon Singh
2000 • Intermediate • 432 pages

Civilizations are inarguably inclined to engage in conflict; human history is punctuated with countless bouts of violence, espionage, and abuse. While atomic weapons and high-caliber cannons have always commanded the spotlight, however, a closer examination of these campaigns reveal the most powerful forces wield an even more potent weapon: cryptography.

Despite a publication year pre-dating the invention of blockchain, leading figures in cryptocurrency nonetheless insist the content continues to maintain exceptional relevance. Shifting stylistically between engaging historical narratives and in-depth analyses of contemporary cryptography methods, Singh’s The Code Book is a must-read for any Bitcoiner wishing to understand the intricacies of the complex mathematical methods that ensure the blockchain’s robust security and integrity.

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