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The White Paper - Satoshi Nakomoto

Paperback Published: 29th July 2019
ISBN: 9781999675929
Number Of Pages: 144

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In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto published a revolutionary white paper that described a simple peer-to-peer electronic cash system that would later become Bitcoin, laying the foundations for the technical innovation known as the blockchain. In the decade since its publication, the nascent technology behind cryptocurrency has become recognised holding the same transformative potential of the printing press or the internet, set to impact our sense of identity and provenance as much as finance.

It has disrupted traditional financial markets with a spectacular explosion in value, paved the way for thousands of similar digital currencies and laid the groundwork for a decentralised future of the web. But what does it mean for everyday life? The White Paper returns to the document that started it all, taking Nakamoto’s text as a Rosetta Stone to decode the meaning of blockchain for contemporary society.

This guide to the innovative technology shows how it holds up a mirror to our understanding of the world, both timeless and mutating: from the archetypal origin story, to concepts of trust and value, and the changing shapes of power and privacy.

Industry Reviews

"Merely by printing the technical document that opened up the world of crypto-currencies and treating it as an elegant, brilliant philosophical statement, Jaya Klara Brekke, James Bridle and Ben Vickers have created a truly unique reference point for the changes that could define this century." --Paul Mason, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future and former BBC Economics Editor
"an excellent primer" - Bruce Sterling, Wired
"The White Paper does a good job explaining the mechanics of how Bitcoin implements deeper concepts of decentralization and "trustless" value creation, with due acknowledgment that the one thing that must be trusted is Bitcoin itself." - Kevin Werbach, Los Angeles Review of Books

ISBN: 9781999675929
ISBN-10: 1999675924
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 29th July 2019
Publisher: Ignota Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16

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