What you'll learn
- Understand how blockchains work conceptually
- Have a basic understanding of digital signatures and their function
- Have enough background knowledge to read the Bitcoin Whitepaper
- Have read the Bitcoin Whitepaper
- Be on your way to becoming a cryptocurrency expert and developer
Introduction to Bitcoin
Andreas Antonopolous is the master of explaining extremely technical concepts in simple, everyday terms. This half-hour introduction to Bitcoin from 2016 is the perfect primer for this module and will absolutely get you so excited about the topic that you will be unable to stop yourself diving headfirst into the other modules of this course. You're welcome!
How does Bitcoin work?
A high-level overview of how Bitcoin works. The concepts of hash functions, blocks and digital signatures are introduced.
ELI 5 Bitcoin
If you don’t like videos, read this instead of Module 1
So you think you need a blockchain? - part 1
We talk about the four core properties of Bitcoin and discover that blockchains are but one of them.
So you think you need a blockchain? - part 2
Bitcoin has these features through its four key enabling technologies - a block chain, a distributed public ledger, digital signatures and proof-of-work. In this article, we’ll use these four features as a checklist to determine whether some of the most loudly touted use-cases of Blockchain really need one.
The bitcoin whitepaper - with notes
The paper that began this entire journey!