PREFACE vii FOREWORD The Long Road to Bitcoin ix Jeremy clark 1 Introduction to Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies 1 2 How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization 27 3 Mechanics of Bitcoin 51 4 How to Store and Use Bitcoins 76 5 Bitcoin Mining 104 6 Bitcoin and Anonymity 138 7 Community, Politics, and Regulation 168 8 Alternative Mining Puzzles 190 9 Bitcoin as a Platform 213 10 Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem 242 11 Decentralized Institutions: The Future of Bitcoin? 272 CONCLUSION 286 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 287 ABOUT THE AUTHORS 289 INDEX 291
Arvind Narayanan is assistant professor of computer science at Princeton University. Joseph Bonneau is a postdoctoral researcher at the Applied Cryptography Group at Stanford University. Edward Felten is director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. Andrew Miller is a PhD student in computer science at the University of Maryland. Steven Goldfeder is a PhD student in computer science at Princeton.
Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSE Award in Computing and Information Sciences, Association of American Publishers "For people interested in the inner workings of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, this is an excellent book."--Choice