Understanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, Engineering and Economics

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 27, 2014 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Discover Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has the finance world buzzing

Bitcoin is arguably one of the biggest developments in finance since the advent of fiat currency. With Understanding Bitcoin, expert author Pedro Franco provides finance professionals with a complete technical guide and resource to the cryptography, engineering and economic development of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This comprehensive, yet accessible work fully explores the supporting economic realities and technological advances of Bitcoin, and presents positive and negative arguments from various economic schools regarding its continued viability.

This authoritative text provides a step-by-step description of how Bitcoin works, starting with public key cryptography and moving on to explain transaction processing, the blockchain and mining technologies. This vital resource reviews Bitcoin from the broader perspective of digital currencies and explores historical attempts at cryptographic currencies. Bitcoin is, after all, not just a digital currency; it's a modern approach to the secure transfer of value using cryptography. This book is a detailed guide to what it is, how it works, and how it just may jumpstart a change in the way digital value changes hands.

  • Understand how Bitcoin works, and the technology behind it
  • Delve into the economics of Bitcoin, and its impact on the financial industry
  • Discover alt-coins and other available cryptocurrencies
  • Explore the ideas behind Bitcoin 2.0 technologies
  • Learn transaction protocols, micropayment channels, atomic cross-chain trading, and more

Bitcoin challenges the basic assumption under which the current financial system rests: that currencies are issued by central governments, and their supply is managed by central banks. To fully understand this revolutionary technology, Understanding Bitcoin is a uniquely complete, reader-friendly guide.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 7
95
CHAPTER 8
123
CHAPTER 9
143
THE CRYPTOCURRENCIES LANDSCAPE
159
CHAPTER 11
171
CHAPTER 12
183
CHAPTER 13
209
CHAPTER 14
231
About the Author
xi
Prologue
xvii
CHAPTER
3
CHAPTER
11
CHAPTER 3
21
CHAPTER 4
39
CHAPTER 5
51
CHAPTER 6
77

Bibliography
247
Index
259

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PEDRO FRANCO holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from ICAI, a BSc in Economics and an MBA from INSEAD. He has been a consultant with McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group, as well as a researcher with IIT, prior to gaining more than 10 years of experience in financial markets, holding Quant and Trading positions in Credit, Counterparty Risk, Inflation and Interest Rates. He has created various mathematical libraries for financial derivatives, and managed teams of software developers. He can be contacted at pfrancobtc@gmail.com.

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