Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/3/16
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Daniel Drescher is an experienced banking professional who has held positions in electronic security trading in a range of banks. His recent activities have focused on automation, machine learning and big data in the context of security trading. Amongst others, Daniel holds a Doctorate in Econometrics from the Technical University of Berlin and an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford.
Quite technical in parts, but you don't need a degree in computing to understand it and it's all expressed in easy to follow, easy to understand terms.
I bought a number of books on blockchain - this is my personal favourite.
This book is non-mathematical and relatively jargon free but it is not non-technical. It requires a close read and even then needs to be mulled over without this necessarily producing a complete understanding of the topic.
Much content is introduced for no clear purpose. As an example, the phrase 'collission resistance' is used when describing hash functions. It bugged me that it never came up again and once I'd finished the book I checked; it never did come up again. There was no reason for mentioning it, unless it was considered interesting in its own right, which I don't think it is. The same could be said for whole sections of the book.
There are good things about the book:
- Short and well laid out chapters. I wish more books would do this. It makes it quite easy to read the book in 10 minutes chunks (e.g. on the commute).
- Notwithstanding its faults as set out above, not a terrible read
- Did improve my understanding, albeit not as much as I had hoped.
In truth, I think this is more like a 2.7 stars book rather than 2, but the average rating awarded is far too high.
A great reference book for your collection
In order to manage expectations: I'm from a technical background and found this an easy read. People who are not technical may struggle a bit more with some of the concepts.
I had over a decade of experience in distributed systems, software architectures, ICT and IoT before but
reading this book. I was looking for a book which will help me getting an intuitive feel of the blockchain technology on top of
which I can built my knowledge further. In my opinion, this book is a must have for anyone who wants
to explore the exciting and rapidly evolving blockchain space.
Worth a read and whatever I paid for the ebook. Nicely written and easy enough to follow and understand.
Still gets 5 stars because I understand Bitcoin so much better for having read it.