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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Princeton University

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About the Course

To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level. We’ll address the important questions about Bitcoin, such as: How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold? After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects. Course Lecturers: Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion....

Top reviews


Dec 23, 2017

I've gained a strong knowledge of Bitcoin's architecture but wish this course was updated to include the developments of the last two years. A few lectures on alt-coins would have been useful as well.


Mar 11, 2018

Great course, a very broad and in-depth overview of concepts surrounding cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin in particular. Would be great to have an update of course; perhaps once the ICO craze is over? (-:

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By Varun T

Dec 26, 2017

This course gives quick and good insight into crypto currency basics.

By Nathan Z

Jun 19, 2017

Things are good except the assignments, which is hard to get started.

By Peter A

Sep 27, 2017

Good course but some of the material is out of date using 2014 data.

By Mika V

Feb 13, 2017

Very useful information about bitcoin and blockchain in general.

By 何乐为

Feb 27, 2018

this is my first lesson about blockchain. thanks so much.

By ryan s

Jan 08, 2018

A great basic overview of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

By Pankaj G

Mar 07, 2018

I think this course should include more assignments.

By Muhammad Y

Dec 13, 2017

A very well designed course for entry level students

By Bea J

Nov 27, 2017

Excellent course for a beginner. Highly recommended

By 宋品皓

Apr 28, 2018

too abstract and the ol test is full of bug

By Olzhas R

Mar 14, 2017

The only downside of this course is Java.

By Abhay M

May 02, 2020

best course related to cryptocurrency.

By Alexander K

Jan 03, 2017

Good course, but without Certificates!

By Kevin M

Nov 08, 2017

Great Course . Its help a lot so far!

By Michael M

Feb 20, 2017

Thorough overview of relevant topics.

By Moisés J S

Feb 13, 2018

muy educativo para aprender a minar

By Breathless M

May 25, 2018

i like to learn more..........

By Viktor B

Feb 11, 2018

The course should be updated!

By Shannon W

Oct 08, 2019

It's a bit dry but thorough.

By Francesco F

Jan 20, 2018

It's a little outdated.

By Vedant S

Apr 24, 2020

Great content!


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By Antranik Z

Sep 04, 2019

The theoretical content of the course is interesting and it gives an excellent overview of the cryptocurrency technologies through the example of bitcoin. The course also extend to alt coins and the discuss the possible challenge blockchains can help addressing beyond the purely cryptocurrency field which is interesting.

The programming assignment could however be improved. First they required a strong knowledge of java which can exclude some students. But the real issue is the lack of satisfactory explanations and guidance that sometimes make it impossible to fully resolve the practical, or even what is expected from the student.

Sometimes you can get the best mark while your code is either incorrect or not adressing the logic fully. Sometimes you run into technical limitations on the platform (memory limitation) which despite a good algorithm doesn't allow you to submit your answer. It then forces you to spend time on improving the quality of your code to save the memory used by your program (thus requiring strong java knowledge) which is time consuming and not the purpose of this course.

Overall I would advise to do the course. I would however strongly encourage Coursera/Princeton to review the assignments so that they can best help students in the understanding of the complex notions discussed in this course.