Bitcoin Textbook to Become Available from Princeton
March 16, 2016
Bitcoin is all over the media but this form of currency may not be thoroughly understood by many, including researchers and scholars. An post on this topic, The Princeton Bitcoin textbook is now freely available, was recently published on Freedom to Tinker, a blog hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. This article announces the first completed draft of a Princeton Bitcoin textbook. At 300 pages, the manuscript is geared to those who hope to gain a technical understanding of how Bitcoin works and is appropriate for those who have a basic understanding of computer science and programming. According to the write-up,
“Researchers and advanced students will find the book useful as well — starting around Chapter 5, most chapters have novel intellectual contributions. Princeton University Press is publishing the official, peer-reviewed, polished, and professionally done version of this book. It will be out this summer. If you’d like to be notified when it comes out, you should sign up here. Several courses have already used an earlier draft of the book in their classes, including Stanford’s CS 251. If you’re an instructor looking to use the book in your class, we welcome you to contact us, and we’d be happy to share additional teaching materials with you.”
As Bitcoin educational resources catch fire in academia, it is only a matter of time before other Bitcoin experts begin creating resources to help other audiences understand the currency of the Dark Web. Additionally, it will be interesting to see if research emerges regarding connections between Bitcoin, the Dark Web and the mainstream internet.
Megan Feil, March 16, 2016