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Week
1
4 hours to complete

Introduction to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies

Learn about cryptographic building blocks ("primitives") and reason about their security. Work through how these primitives can be used to construct simple cryptocurrencies.

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6 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Digital Signatures9m
Public Keys as Identities5m
A Simple Cryptocurrency14m
1 reading
Course Information10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization

Learn Bitcoin's consensus mechanism and reason about its security. Appreciate how security comes from a combination of technical methods and clever incentive engineering.

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5 videos (Total 74 min)
5 videos
Incentives and Proof of Work19m
Putting It All Together18m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Mechanics of Bitcoin

Learn how the individual components of the Bitcoin protocol make the whole system tick: transactions, script, blocks, and the peer-to-peer network.

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6 videos (Total 78 min)
6 videos
Bitcoin Blocks5m
The Bitcoin Network18m
Limitations & Improvements11m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

How to Store and Use Bitcoins

This week we'll explore how using Bitcoins works in practice: different ways of storing Bitcoin keys, security measures, and various types of services that allow you to trade and transact with bitcoins.

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7 videos (Total 81 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Online Wallets and Exchanges19m
Payment Services8m
Transaction Fees5m
Currency Exchange Markets16m
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Top reviews from Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

By MBMar 11th 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? (-:

By AGDec 23rd 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.

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Arvind Narayanan

Associate Professor
Computer Science

About Princeton University

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