Five Books on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Beginners
The Market of Blockchain Educators
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency form a technology that involve multiple streams of knowledge to function. Some of them, but not limited to, include Economics, Network Theory, Cryptography, Distributed Computing and Game Theory.
It makes sense why people, who are new to field, are easily discouraged to continue learning. Getting to understand Blockchain and cryptocurrency involves rigor and openness to learning new fields of knowledge.
To help people in their journey of understanding the technology, a new market has developed – the Market for Educators. Being as complex as it is, having someone guide you through the process will help in the easy perception and understanding of the technology. The Educators have come up to use different mediums of communication, best suiting their needs. Some do it through video, while some are comfortable by releasing podcasts. Some have developed full-fledged academic courses and some do so by writing books.
To filter out the increasing number of educators and help our readers in choosing the right path to understanding, we have come up with a list of the Top 5 Books about Bitcoin and Blockchain. The list has been carefully assessed to ensure any person with any level of expertise can start to grasp the technology.
The Best Books in the Market
Mastering Bitcoin – Andreas M Antonopolous
Considered as one of the seminally books in the market, Mastering Bitcoin is a full proof guide to understanding the economics as well as the technical side of Bitcoin. Bitcoin was the first and still is the most influential cryptocurrency in the market. The author, Andreas M Antonopolous is a self-proclaimed educator of Bitcoin technologies.
Andreas has used his experience in Distributed computing, along with a natural curiosity, to come up with a book that covers all the aspects, from understanding the fundamentals of the Bitcoin Blockchain to bootstrapping the code of the Bitcoin Network. Due to the high level of technical detail, the book may not be good for everyone but it is a major tool for anyone working on Bitcoin or cryptocurrency applications.
The Blockchain Revolution – Don and Alex Tapscott
A father and son duo, Don and Alex Tapscott have written “Blockchain Revolution”. The Tapscott’s have used the book to explain the impact of cryptocurrencies, and majorly Blockchain, in the not-so-distant future. The book goes with a narrative and tries to makes its readers fantasize about the impact of Blockchain and what it could mean for the future. In their own words, the fully open platform of blockchain technology will expand and transform what we can do online, the way we do it, and who can participate.
Blockchain Revolution has a whole section to discuss the problems of blockchain. The Writers not only use Blockchain to solve every problem they could think of, but also go on to explain the problems with their problem solver. Some may even regarded it as a fantasy, but the book is very good for newbies and non-tech people who want to get their wet feet on this new wave of technology.
The Business Blockchain – William Mougayar
In the field of blockchain, most books are specifically targeted for a particular audience. There are technical books for developers and innovators, introductory books for new comers and non-technical audience. The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar is a book specifically targeted at business professionals and executives. The author himself is a blockchain technology researcher and entrepreneur, and his target audience is not misplaced at all. He uses his own experience to tell business people how they could capitalize on Blockchain.
This book is recommended for anyone who wants to understand the relevance of blockchain technology in financial services. It is also recommended for people who want to develop projects that utilize Blockchain technology.
Life After Google – George Gilder
Although quite unconventional, the book Life After Google, by legendary author George Gilder, is an excerpt of personal thoughts and experiences. George Gilder is an 80-year-old political writer, technology guru and one of the main influencers of the internet economy. In his newest book, Gilder uses his experience as a predictor of technological influences to scrap down the giants of the Internet era and replace them with a Blockchain based future.
It would be an understatement to say Gilder sees blockchain as the salvation of humanity into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To George, blockchain offers a way to escape the liberal globalist theology that Google and similar establishments embody and the fallacies of their empire.
This book is advised for the intermediate readers, who have developed a reasonable understanding of the technology and wish to move forward.
The Age of Cryptocurrency – Michael J Casey and Paul Vigna
This book is one of the most important books to read as it focuses on how cryptocurrencies are challenging the global economic order. The book tells the story of Bitcoin through the eyes of Afghan women earning their income through the internet. The Age of Cryptocurrency also touches on the history of crypto, the state of the nascent industry, and the players involved.
The Vigna and Casey book goes through a number of relatively well-established examples. The challenge is that the examples we know the best are the ones that have gotten the most publicity and awareness.
Audiences of all levels of expertise, background and influences are recommended to give this book a read.