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 bitcoin code language 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? Arvind Narayanan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. Narayanan leads the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability project that aims to uncover how companies are collecting and using our personal information.
He also leads a research group studying the security, anonymity, and stability of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Joseph Bonneau is a Technology Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford. In addition to researching Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies he has worked on passwords and web authentication, secure messaging tools, and HTTPS for secure web browsing. Earlier he was as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CITP, Princeton and he has previously worked at Google, Yahoo, and Cryptography Research Inc.
Edward Felten is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton, and the founding Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2011-12 he served as the first Chief Technologist at the U. His research interests include computer security and privacy, and technology law and policy. He has published more than 100 papers in the research literature, and two books.
Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and previously received his Ph. Steven Goldfeder is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, advised by Arvind Narayanan. Privacy Research Group, a CITP Graduate Student Fellow, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His research interests include cryptography, security, and privacy, especially decentralized digital currencies.
His current work involves increasing the security of Bitcoin wallets. He is an Assistant Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering in Montreal. Jeremy Clark is is an Assistant Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering in Montreal. He received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2011, where he applied cryptography to designing and deploying verifiable voting systems, including Scantegrity — the first use of an end-to-end verifiable system in a public sector election. Translations Chinese and Japanese versions of the book are available.
A Korean version is in preparation. Free pre-publication draft A pre-publication draft of the book is available for download here. The zip file contains three folders. In each folder, the assignment specification is provided as a PDF file. You’re also provided starter code in the form of . We’ve used these assignment in courses that we’ve taught, but there may still be bugs in them.
We appreciate your understanding and would be grateful for any bug reports. We also have grading scripts for each of these assignments. If you’re an instructor and would like access to the grading scripts, please send us a brief email in which you introduce yourself and tell us about your course. Many thousands of articles have been written purporting to explain Bitcoin, the online, peer-to-peer currency.
Most of those articles give a hand-wavy account of the underlying cryptographic protocol, omitting many details. Even those articles which delve deeper often gloss over crucial points. My aim in this post is to explain the major ideas behind the Bitcoin protocol in a clear, easily comprehensible way. Understanding the protocol in this detailed way is hard work.