Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain
Join the technological revolution that’s taking the financial world by storm. Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the knowledge you need to participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this revised and expanded secon
Reading Mastering Bitcoin has significantly improved my understanding of the Protocol where I finally feel like I’m starting to get it. The book goes over the technicals of how Bitcoin works from keys, addresses, wallets & transactions, the scripting language, t ...more
My friends all said “buy some and you’ll soon understand better”
I’m a loser, so I read another book instead. Th ...more
Side note. Andreas is too much in love with bitcoin and there were so much hype in the area that everyone forgot 1) this technology is free to access and improve for anyone, and 2) that Bitcoin economic concepts are amateurish and as a consequence - creating procyclical behavior. Way better and useful in practice things for me currently are smart contracts, DApps and private blockchains. And bitcoin... bitcoin is dead here, too slow to move to the next (censorship resistant, like Andreas ...more
* there's quite a reasonable description of what bitcoin is and how do you cope with it (in functional terms)
* everything has its example
* there's a brief (but reasonably sufficient) description of bitcoin tooling
What do I miss for now?
1.) Mathematical model is completely put aside - treated like magic noone would understand
2.) Book clearly is missing e ...more
Antonopoulos is a skilled tutor and, for having picked up English as a second (or third) language, does a commendable job of making things that are conceptually murky quite clear. The prose is to the point but not with ...more
- you will acquire basic terminology (mempool, proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, ...)
- you will learn the basics: elliptic curve cryptography (ECC)
- you will find answers to such questions as:
a) why it takes ~10 minutes to generate a block?
b) who sets the target complexity for the new block?
Feel free to skip some chapters, which are no interest to you (e.g. "using a wallet app")
My overall recommendation: read it
If you are like grandma that does not understand technical words you may want to try something else. The thing is that bitcoin is hard to understand at the beginning and also at the end ;) this book has cleared my mind with many things I didn't understand. Awesome book very clear to explain such a difficult topic in depth
Antonopoulos provides the rea ...more
The book is very well organized such that the material builds on itself in a ver ...more
The author never makes the topic of Bitcoin and blockchain dull or boring. He uses clear explanations of transactions to impart how the whole system works. And why it works so well.
At the same time, there is code. The code helps in digging into the blockchain and exploring it directly. Also how to construct a wallet and interact with the ...more
This is a good technical book describing the inner workings of bitcoin protocol. It explains how public keys are generated from private keys using Elliptic curve multiplication, explain ...more
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