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Learning about Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency

  • 19-01-2021 3:02pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 6,500 ✭✭✭ joe123


    Hey all, I literally know next to nothing about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies but Im just curious to gain more knowledge about it.

    Is there any good reading,youtube, podcast material that anyone would recommend as a good starting point? From complete basics and progress with more indepth info as you learn?


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  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 4,724 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gonzovision


    Check out The Investors podcast series by Preston Pysh on Youtube - it's excellent and covers a lot of the questions people have on how Bitcoin works and the benefits it has, the reasons why there is a need for it etc.

    I've linked to the first one for you below. A really good resource.



    In terms of the fundamentals of Bitcoin and how it came about, why we need it, the positives and negatives, the best resource I've had was Safedean Ammous' book the Bitcoin standard.

    The Bitcoin Standard


    That's the book that really sold me on the fundamentals of Bitcoin and convinced me to invest.

    I think that's a good start anyway :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,026 ✭✭✭ grindle




    Andreas explaining what Bitcoin was built for to a bunch of aged but understanding luddites is still a great explanation of what blockchain is important for. He's got two deep dive books you can read for free:
    Mastering Bitcoin can be read here (second half becomes technical, can be ignored if you're just trying to grasp the idea).
    Mastering Ethereum can be read here (last 2/3s are technical, first third will get you up to speed fine unless you want to get into blockchain development).

    You can also get a great idea of what the whole blockchain space is aiming towards now that it's not just about money in this video from the man who wrote Solidity, co-founded Ethereum, architected the Ethereum VM and now spearheads Polkadot:


  • Registered Users Posts: 739 ✭✭✭ Pdoghue



    In terms of the fundamentals of Bitcoin and how it came about, why we need it, the positives and negatives, the best resource I've had was Safedean Ammous' book the Bitcoin standard.


    That's the book that really sold me on the fundamentals of Bitcoin and convinced me to invest.

    I think that's a good start anyway :)

    It's a great book alright, albeit a bit of a polemic, but a super explanation of the history of money and how we got to BTC.

    But the guy is a lunatic - I follow him on Twitter and his rants about Covid are irrational. He blames 'fiat diets' for people suffering/dying from Covid, is against mask wearing, and thinks it's all just an overreation. He's an extreme libertarian and basically hates any government intervention in our lives.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,026 ✭✭✭ grindle


    Pdoghue wrote: »
    But the guy is a lunatic - I follow him on Twitter and his rants about Covid are irrational. He blames 'fiat diets' for people suffering/dying from Covid, is against mask wearing, and thinks it's all just an overreation. He's an extreme libertarian and basically hates any government intervention in our lives.
    Tons of them are like that, Erik Voorhees had a tweet yesterday saying minimum wages are immoral and that's just the market value of low wage workers being found. Pretty scummy and myopic but extreme libertarians seem to love the taste of Kool Aid.


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