Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps 1st ed. Edition
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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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It's worth calling out that this book is very light on its coverage of actual applications of blockchain technology. Blockchain Basics spends a single 12 page chapter analyzing applications; that chapter barely scratches the surface and honestly raises more questions than it provides answers. For instance, the book mentions that blockchain could be used for voting but provides absolutely no insight into how that might work and why a government would even want to do so. If your goal is to learn more about Bitcoin or Ethereum, this book is definitely not for you. It barely even mentions Bitcoin and omits Ethereum entirely.
I recently read another book called Blockchain Bubble or Revolution which I strongly preferred to Blockchain Basics. I think Bubble or Revolution goes into the perfect amount of detail on how blockchain technology works (about one fourth of the book). The other three fourths of the book focuses on use cases for blockchains and cryptocurrencies in the form of case studies and research. Unlike Blockchain Basics, Bubble or Revolution offers frameworks for helping you understanding in what use cases the pros of blockchain technology outweights the cons; the book also covers how major countries (e.g. China) and major companies (e.g. Facebook and Microsoft) are using blockchain and why.
To sum up, if you are looking for an extremely thorough explanation of how blockchain technology works and pretty much nothing else, definitely read Blockchain Basics! If you want an overview of how blockchain works AND why it matters and where the technology is headed from an unbiased perspective, I'd recommend checking out Bubble or Revolution.
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.
And that's all it took. This is book is presented a in a series of 25 short chapters- each one a tight, but highly informative addition to the previous chapter. By Chapter 8, I finally saw where all this was going but still had some questions. By Chapter 15, these questions were answered and I was developing new questions. Most of these were answered in the final chapters.
Very well written and organized. It turns out that thanks to Mr Drescher, blockchain is not at all as scary/difficult as I had assumed. Highly recommended.
Top international reviews
Quite technical in parts, but you don't need a degree in computing to understand it and it's all expressed in easy to follow, easy to understand terms.
I bought a number of books on blockchain - this is my personal favourite.
This book is non-mathematical and relatively jargon free but it is not non-technical. It requires a close read and even then needs to be mulled over without this necessarily producing a complete understanding of the topic.
Much content is introduced for no clear purpose. As an example, the phrase 'collission resistance' is used when describing hash functions. It bugged me that it never came up again and once I'd finished the book I checked; it never did come up again. There was no reason for mentioning it, unless it was considered interesting in its own right, which I don't think it is. The same could be said for whole sections of the book.
There are good things about the book:
- Short and well laid out chapters. I wish more books would do this. It makes it quite easy to read the book in 10 minutes chunks (e.g. on the commute).
- Notwithstanding its faults as set out above, not a terrible read
- Did improve my understanding, albeit not as much as I had hoped.
In truth, I think this is more like a 2.7 stars book rather than 2, but the average rating awarded is far too high.
A great reference book for your collection
In order to manage expectations: I'm from a technical background and found this an easy read. People who are not technical may struggle a bit more with some of the concepts.
I had over a decade of experience in distributed systems, software architectures, ICT and IoT before but
reading this book. I was looking for a book which will help me getting an intuitive feel of the blockchain technology on top of
which I can built my knowledge further. In my opinion, this book is a must have for anyone who wants
to explore the exciting and rapidly evolving blockchain space.
Worth a read and whatever I paid for the ebook. Nicely written and easy enough to follow and understand.
Still gets 5 stars because I understand Bitcoin so much better for having read it.