A blockchain is a timestamped series record of data that can not be erased, and that is distributed and managed with no central authority.
Blockchain as a technology has records that date back to a few decades ago, but it’s breaking into existence, and coming to limelight became possible with the advent of bitcoin, which was developed and built on the blockchain technology ecosystem by the pseudo person/group under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Since then, the blockchain technology and its accompaniments have received massive recognition and research to its credit.
Here, we will be focusing a little on the science and history of blockchain and then on the best books on blackboard for those whose wish is to research more and expand their horizon on the blockchain technology field and perhaps carve out a niche for themselves or build on the various niches already carved out by previous researchers and adopters.
The Science of Blockchain
According to Wikipedia, a blockchain is a growing list of records called blocks, that are linked using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data, which is every detail that pertains to such current transaction or block linked with the previous one, and this is generally represented as a Merkle Tree.
Managed by a peer-to-peer network, a blockchain is by design resistant to modification of its data. It is an open distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. The science of blockchain lies on its three pillars, which are; decentralization which means that control to the blocks is not centrally controlled, transparency which explains that all transactions and records are true, reliable and correct, and immutability, which represents its ability of permanently storing data with it being erased, edited or lost.
Cryptography, on the other hand, is a method of protecting information and communications through the use of codes so that only those for whom the information is intended can read and process it. Blockchain, as a technology, is built on cryptography, and this makes it secure, fast, and, most importantly, reliable. The first work on a cryptographically secured chain of blocks is attributed to Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta in the year 1991.
Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy
The problem we get in the tech-know space is that most peeps looking at knowing more about blockchain technology or those who think they know more see cryptocurrencies or bitcoins as blockchain and vice versa. They interpret blockchain to be built solely to record only the transactions of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies from one wallet, mining pool or exchange, etc., to the other, but they got it all wrong here!
Blockchain was built to help verify, store, and secure data! It was built to fit into our everyday life, and it’s activities. The blockchain ecosystem, which houses bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, was developed to suit significant facets of human life ranging from sectors like Agriculture to mining, energy, real estate, sports, transportation, healthcare, banking, manufacturing, trade finance, and even the government/public sectors.
The truth is that blockchain was built to cover all areas of the economy, to grow and evolve as the blueprint on which a much better world economy will be built and thrive on, where all related data for each sector are encrypted for only those involved in it and kept secure and untampered with. Essentially, in concise and straightforward words, blockchain is the next everything!
Nobody ever got up on a cold morning and became a proficient writer, or an eloquent speaker/orator or an experienced and successful artist or athlete, it took them time and study to master their art and become professionals in them. So it is with blockchain too, so if anyone ever wants to master the blockchain space, its technological know-how, cryptography, coding, and other rudiments inherent in blockchain, such a person is expected to be ready to devote time and of course study into the field of blockchain. The later part of this article will dwell on the best books on blockchain to study to help master the art and science of blockchain.
Best Books on Blockchain for Beginners
There are various books currently available on blockchain series, but one needs to go for the best to have a complete grasp of everything regarding blockchain that is required. Recommendable best books on a blackboard for beginners will include;
- Melanie Swan’s Blockchain: Blueprint for a new economy.
- Daniel Drescher’s book on Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 steps.
- Cybrosys Technologies’ Blockchain e-book.
- Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M. Antonopoulos.
- Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott.
- Blockchain by Melanie Swan.
- The Book of Satoshi by Phil Champagne.
- Blockchain from Concept to Execution by Debajani Mohanty.
- Blockchain for Everyone by Sir John Hargrave. and,
- The Basics of Bitcoins and blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that powers them by Anthony Lewis.
Each one of these books will sure do expand your knowledge on blockchain no matter the level you were before reading them.
Best Books on Blockchain Development
Here we see my top seven recommendations as to the best blockchain books for developers who wish to delve into blockchain development and expansion. They include;
- Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners by Chriss Dannen.
- Blockchain Science by Roger Watten Hofer.
- That Book on Blockchain: a one-hour introduction by Jonathan Morley.
- Blockchain-Enabled Applications: Understand the Blockchain Ecosystem and How to Make it Work for You by David Metcalf, Max Hooper, and Vikram Dhillon.
- The Blockchain Developer: A Practical Guide for Designing by Elad Elton.
- Blockchain Developers Guide: Develop Smart Applications with Blockchain technologies by Brenn Hill et al.
- Programming Bitcoin: Learn how to Program Bitcoins from Scratch by Jimmy Song.
These books contain everything needed for programmers who choose to know and contribute to the development of the blockchain ecosystem.
Previously Published Books on Blockchain
Let’s take a good look at some top picks released last year for those who want just-released books that are of course current, with more information and results about blockchain, they include;
- Blockchain Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies by Aditya Agashe, Neel Mehta, and Parth Detroja.
- Basics of Blockchain: A Guide for Building Literacy in the Economics, Technology, and Business of Blockchain by Behina Waterbury, Bill Wagner, and Tom Serres.
- Blockchain: The Next Everything by Stephen P. Williams.
- Legal Tech, Smart Contracts, and Blockchain edited by Corrales Compagnucci and others.
- Bitcoin and Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction for Beginners on Blockchain Technology… by Arthur T. Brooks.
These books are freshly baked and contain revised and revisited results on various researches conducted on the blockchain technological ecosystem, all its basics, and even on its development.
For you to master the art and science of blockchain, you must, first of all, get ready to study about it. This article has done justice on good and recommendable books on the blockchain, both on its development, history, and for beginners. Enjoy the ride. To have access to these books, you can always check out pdf drive or amazon books to get them.
Jesus Cedeño is a certified doctor turned cryptocurrency expert, writer, and investor who lives in New York City. Jesús specializes in cryptocurrency product reviews, tutorials & technical analysis. Follow him on LinkedIn to stay up to date on his latest work on blockchain, decentralization and crypto investments.