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Mastering Bitcoin : 2nd Edition - Andreas Antonopoulos

Mastering Bitcoin

2nd Edition

Paperback

Published: 24th June 2017
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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 second edition provides essential detail to get you started.

Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its early stages and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion-dollar global economy open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides the knowledge. You simply supply the passion.

The second edition includes:

  • A broad introduction of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives
  • An explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects
  • Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles
  • New developments such as Segregated Witness, Payment Channels, and Lightning Network
  • A deep dive into blockchain applications, including how to combine the building blocks offered by this platform into higher-level applications
  • User stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts


  • About the Author

    Andreas is a passionate technologist, who is well-versed in many technical subjects. He is a serial tech-entrepreneur, having launched businesses in London, New York, and California. He has earned degrees in Computer Science and Data Communications and Distributed Systems from University College London. With experience ranging from hardware and electronics to high level business and financial systems technology consulting and years as CTO/CIO/CSO in many companies - he combines authority and deep knowledge with an ability to make complex subjects easy to understand. More than 200 of his articles on security, cloud computing and data centers have been published in print and syndicated worldwide. His expertise includes Bitcoin, crypto-currencies, Information Security, Cryptography, Cloud Computing, Data Centers, Linux, Open Source and robotics software development. He also has been CISSP certified for 12 years. As a bitcoin entrepreneur, Andreas has founded three bitcoin businesses and launched several community open-source projects. He often writes articles and blog posts on bitcoin, is a permanent host on Let's Talk Bitcoin and prolific public speaker at technology events. Andreas serves on the advisory boards of several bitcoin startups.

    Preface xiii
    Quick Glossary xxiii

    1. Introduction 1
    2. How Bitcoin Works 15
    3. Bitcoin Core: The Reference Implementation 31
    4. Keys, Addresses 55
    5. Wallets 93
    6. Transactions 117
    7. Advanced Transactions and Scripting 149
    8. The Bitcoin Network 171
    9. The Blockchain 195
    10. Mining and Consensus 213
    11. Bitcoin Security 269
    12. Blockchain Applications 275

    A. The Bitcoin Whitepaper by Staoshi Nakamoto 305
    B. Transaction Script Language Operators, Constants, and Symbols 317
    C. Bitcoin Improvement Proposals 323
    D. Segregated Witness 331
    E. Bitcore 345
    F. pycoin, ku, and tx 349
    G. Bitcoin Explorer (bx) Commands 359
    Index 363

    ISBN: 9781491954386
    ISBN-10: 1491954388
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 398
    Published: 24th June 2017
    Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 17.8  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.64
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised