Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Online Course

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Online Course

Arvind Narayanan, Assistant Professor | taught by Princeton University
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About the Instructor

The lecturers are Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten (Princeton University), and Andrew Miller (University of Maryland).

About this course:

To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level.

We’ll address the important questions about Bitcoin, such as:

  • How does Bitcoin work?
  • What makes Bitcoin different?
  • How secure are your Bitcoins?
  • How anonymous are Bitcoin users?
  • What determines the price of Bitcoins?
  • Can cryptocurrencies be regulated?
  • What might the future hold?

After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects.

Course Contents

12 Texts

Course Curriculum

Lecture 1 — Intro to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies
Lecture 2 — How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization
Lecture 3 — Mechanics of Bitcoin
Lecture 4 — How to Store and Use Bitcoins
Lecture 5 — Bitcoin Mining
Lecture 6 — Bitcoin and Anonymity
Lecture 7 — Community, Politics, and Regulation
Lecture 8 — Alternative Mining Puzzles
Lecture 9 — Bitcoin as a Platform
Lecture 10 — Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem
Lecture 11 — The future of Bitcoin?
Lecture 12 — History of Cryptocurrencies [Bonus lecture]