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Blockchain Basics

A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps

  • Daniel┬áDrescher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Terminology and Technical Foundations

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  3. Why the Blockchain Is Needed

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  4. How the Blockchain Works

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  5. Limitations and Their Solutions

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  6. Using the Blockchain, Summary, and Outlook

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  7. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

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

Keywords

blockchain distributed systems peer-to-peer systems distributed ledger technologies distributed consensus consentaneous Raft Paxos hash puzzle proof of work proof of ownership immutable ledger Sybil attack cryptography asymmetric cryptography private public key cryptography cryptographic hash function hash pointers cryptographic currencies double spending

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel┬áDrescher
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  1. 1.Frankfurt am MainGermany

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