- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (March 16, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484226038
- ISBN-13: 978-1484226032
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps 1st ed. Edition
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“The book could be used as a textbook or simply to help structure a presentation on blockchain. … I think that the book achieves its objectives: to explain to a nontechnical audience what the blockchain is, how it works, and where it can be applied. It should also allow the reader to understand a lot of the hype that surrounds blockchain and to differentiate the ways in which the term is used.” (Computing Reviews, October, 2017)
From the Back Cover
In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used.No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors..
This book bridges the gap that exists between purely technical books about the blockchain and purely business-focused books. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications.
What You Will Learn:
- What the blockchain is
- Why it is needed and what problem it solves
- Why there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potential
- Major components and their purpose
- How components work and interact
- Limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them
- Major application scenarios
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Exactly what the title states, it delivers and in a quite detailed fashion. In terms of depth of information and complexity of concepts, it falls in the middle of a book like “The Internet of Money” (which, although a reasonably quality read is mainly a primer for overall concepts and relating the paradigm shift that cryptocurrency and the blockchain represent) and “Mastering Bitcoin” (a rather technical breakdown of how the blockchain works from a mathmatical and computer science basis).
For the unindoctrinated, this book might have too much information and go into too much detail on how financial transactions work and why the blockchain is truly revolutionary. For the generally knowledgable investor, developer or interested outsider, this book goes into great detail on the major constructs and functionality of the blockchain. It does not possess the hype or opinion that so often permeates this topic but instead offers clear and concise chapters discussing main points quite thoroughly.
Again, this is non-technical in the sense that it does not go into topics such as discussing the bitcoin API or go into mathmatecal detail on how a public key is calculated using elliptic curve multiplication, but technical to a point where it gives you a proper education on blockchain functionality and how it relates and what the parallels are to the current financial systems in place.
The author explains the blockchain in a sequence of short and focused steps in such a way that the presentation is precise but also accessible to a general audience. The reader is guided through the book via carefully chosen analogies from daily life, which I found very helpful to grasp and remember the specific topic of each step.
Initially (step 1-3) some relevant concepts concerning software systems in general and distributed peer-to-peer systems in particular are covered. The blockchain is introduced as a means of ensuring integrity of such systems. This is followed (step 4-7) by a motivation why the blockchain is needed, e.g. for securely managing ownership in a distributed environment by a group of partially untrusted participants while avoiding problems like double-spending.
The main part of the book (step 8 to 21) covers the basic tasks which need to be performed to realize the blockchain and describes how this can be done. The steps follow a common layout starting usually with a motivating metaphor and ending with an outlook to the next step and a summary what has been covered in the current step (e.g. hashing, digital signatures, adding new transactions to the chain). Each step explains its respective topic in such a way that the presented information is sufficient for a solid understanding of the blockchain. In step 21 all puzzle pieces are finally brought together to paint the full picture of the blockchain and to explain how it can fulfill its objectives with the mechanisms detailed in the preceding steps.
Equipped with this profound knowledge the reader can in the remaining steps 22-25 relatively easy follow the discussion of limitations as well as current and future applications of the blockchain and also understand the final outlook on variants and further development of this technology.
For those willing to understand the inners of this protocol which relies on P2P and cryptography techniques, this book is extraordinary.
I have always appreciated the good writings and I can say that this book is one of my favorites. The author exposes in a clever, effective and novel way a complex idea. I have being surprised by the way how this book has been organized and its content presented.
This book is not only one of my favorites because of the topic under study but also for the simplicity, creativity and clarity about how the ideas have been transmitted.