A reading list on blockchain and related technologies, targeted at technical people who want a deep understanding of those topics.
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Blockchain Reading List

This is a list of readings (and watchings) on blockchain related topics.

Preamble

The word "blockchain" (or "block chain") started off as a more or less narrowly defined technical term.

It ("blockchain") later became a buzzword that represented anything related to BitCoin, alt-coins (ex: LiteCoin, Ethereum, etc), cryptocurrencies, etc.

And now that the word "blockchain" is on the verge of becoming a household name, it seems like it is starting to include what some others are calling "distributed computing".

(In some usages of the label "blockchain", neither blocks or hash lists seemed to be necessary for that thing to be called a "blockchain".)

This seems to somewhat mirror how previously the usage of the word "P2P" seemed to broaden and also include what others are calling "distributed computing".

(Although this time around, cryptography and various concepts of "money" seems to have prominence.)

Regardless, this document focuses on a more traditional definite of "blockchain".

But also includes some topics that the author of this document feels that, while not strictly about blockchains, will help provide readers with a deep(er) technical background that can be useful when working with or creating blockchain based technologies.

Audience

This document is targeted at technical people, who are looking to gain a deep understand of the concepts behind blockchain based technologies.

Topics

Abstract Algebra

Behavioral Science

BitCoin

Bit Gold

B-Money

Colored Coins

Consensus

Content Addressing

Cryptocurrency

Cryptography

Distributed Computing

Distributed Hash Tables

eCash

Error Detection and Correction

Ethereum

Handicap Principle

Hashcash

Hash Lists

History (Cypherpunk)

History (Open Source)

Identity

Mastercoin

Money

Onion Routing

Paxos

Peer-to-Peer Networks

Privacy

Proof-of-Stake

Proof-of-Work

Raft

Rai

Randomness

Selfish Mining Attack

Smart Contracts

Solidity

Sybil Attack

Tamper Detection

Trust Networks

Worse Is Better

Zero-Knowledge Proof Protocol