- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: APress; 1st ed. edition (16 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484226038
- ISBN-13: 978-1484226032
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps Paperback – 16 Mar 2017
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"The book is really what is says to be - it introduces the "Blockchain Basics" without formulas or programming. And still, does it in a serious way, which allows you to "take home" the knowledge after reading it." (vitoshacademy.com , May, 2018) "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.
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.