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January 24, 2018, 11:17:21 PM
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Doesn't necessarily have to be books,
I'm trying to gather research material about cryptography relating to the blockchain
Especially the cutting edge research like DAG, zk-snarks, alternative consensus algorithms, alternative blockchain protocols
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January 26, 2018, 12:35:35 PM
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Doesn't necessarily have to be books,
I'm trying to gather research material about cryptography relating to the blockchain
Especially the cutting edge research like DAG, zk-snarks, alternative consensus algorithms, alternative blockchain protocols

I've been trying to do the same myself, but have limited success with gathering academic material. One starting point I tried was to look into cypherpunk resources (I thought, hey, it's the birthplace of Bitcoin, right?) and there were some good presentations from a few names like Jameson Lopp. I was very surprised that MIT resources didn't seem that good, but probably their best ones are close-sourced (boo!). These are all basic, though... but I found them useful. I also recommend the Lynda series on cryptography and network security for idiots like me.

For more "cutting edge research" I'm guessing very little is open source or free to access. But try security journals... this is one good journal (IEEE) in my bookmark: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=8013

If you search hard enough (I guess you know where to look), you can find some torrents for some copies. I have access though, as am doing a long distance degree so pretty much have good access from OpenAthens.

If you're interested in a title like below, I don't mind passing on. Not embarrassed at all to say they were a tad too technical for me, so you can imagine I'm not from a programming background:
Serious Cryptography: A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption - Jean-Philippe Aumasson (2017)

Anyone else able and willing to share resources?

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January 26, 2018, 12:40:50 PM
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"Cryptography: An Introduction" by Nigel Smart is a great and free book about cryptography, it covers well all the cryptographic primitives like hash functions, public key cryptography, symmetric ciphers. If you don't have a solid grasp of these subjects, I highly recommend reading that book, although it may be a bit hard to read due to heavy math notation.

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January 26, 2018, 01:23:04 PM
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Found this book, THE CODE BOOK by Simon Singh which explains the technical and mathematical process behind the most difficult codes and how they were broken. You'll love this if you're looking for history of cryptography.

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January 26, 2018, 01:47:52 PM
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Check out "Understanding cryptography" by Christof Paar, it's a good starting point. Another good one to start with is "Introduction to Modern Cryptography" by Jonathan Katz & Yehuda Lindell.

Both  "Cryptography Engineering" and "Practical Cryptography" by Bruce Schneier are worth a read as well.

There's also a "Handbook of Applied Cryptography", which is available for free in PDF format here: http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/hac/
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January 26, 2018, 06:33:27 PM
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You're looking for book with new topics which i haven't found yet, especially some of the research you mentioned isn't popular yet, however i'd recommend "Mastering Bitcoin" by Andreas M. Antonopoulos.
The best i can found is whitepaper for new research/technology such as Schnorr Multisig/MuSig which can be found at https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/068.pdf.

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January 26, 2018, 07:12:52 PM
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Both  "Cryptography Engineering" and "Practical Cryptography" by Bruce Schneier are worth a read as well.

He should search for his blog "Schneier on security" It should be online still. There are a lot of academic papers and articles. It's a good start.
But the best of the best is to go back to school and to go to a European university because there are the best. Israel has some quite good but not the best, let's say second quality choice lol

EDIT: schneier.com/academic/

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January 27, 2018, 11:04:13 AM
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Both  "Cryptography Engineering" and "Practical Cryptography" by Bruce Schneier are worth a read as well.

He should search for his blog "Schneier on security" It should be online still. There are a lot of academic papers and articles. It's a good start.
But the best of the best is to go back to school and to go to a European university because there are the best. Israel has some quite good but not the best, let's say second quality choice lol

EDIT: schneier.com/academic/

Thanks, yeah I think Schneier are good reads, but probably not the type of in-depth technical education that OP seems to want to access. Speaking of good reads, no one is better or more experienced than Antonopoulos in delivering basic understanding in an easily digestible manner. His books are very easy to find online (they're just collections of his lectures and notes).

I've been looking also at a few formal institutions but it's really hard to tell which is "the best", especially when searching online doesn't seem to turn up graduates from these institutions. I'm very tempted to try the long distance degree from Cyprus/Nicosia uni (that's where Antonopoulos lectures), but it's a Computer Science degree, so might not focus heavily on security. In terms of recognition though, it might not be up there with the Top 200 unis, but its specific attention to crypto (Bitcoin, actually) makes it attractive.

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January 27, 2018, 04:42:47 PM
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Maybe somebody know good video/audio courses from where to learn?
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January 27, 2018, 11:42:02 PM
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Maybe somebody know good video/audio courses from where to learn?

There are dozens of videos on YT but most of them are worthless IMO, the most informative I know of (entry-level) is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aHkqB2-46k

It's the first of a series of lectures by dr. Christof Paar. If you can endure the camera instability and find it useful, check out his channel - he has 20+ lecture videos there.
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January 28, 2018, 08:31:14 PM
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You can try checking out some of the stuff on Coursera. I just started this one tonight so can't vouch for it in any way.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/classical-cryptosystems/home/welcome

There are a few others there too on Cryptography.
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January 29, 2018, 02:48:48 PM
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My advice is to read The Denationalization of Money by Friedrich Hayek,this book does not directly describe blockchain technologies because it was written in the twentieth century,but I  promise that if you read this book you will define very well the fundamental aspects of its structure.you may also like Irrational Exuberance by Shiller its not describe cryptocurrencies but you will have adequate representation about speculative behaviours of investors in  stock market.
I highly recommend you to read professor Nigel Smart's books (read more here https://homes.esat.kuleuven.be/~nsmart/)
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January 29, 2018, 08:44:35 PM
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You can try checking out some of the stuff on Coursera. I just started this one tonight so can't vouch for it in any way.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/classical-cryptosystems/home/welcome

There are a few others there too on Cryptography.


Ment to come back to this to add a link showing how to get the Corsera courses for free by using the 'audit' option.

https://www.class-central.com/report/coursera-signup-for-free/
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January 31, 2018, 04:44:21 PM
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I was also doing that when I first got into this and still is. Fact is if you read or watch more about cryptocurrency, you'll learn so much.
I first got myself hooked on videos in different channels on Youtube. I clicked on every video that I see about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and such. I also happened to read a book, How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance by Brian Patrick Eha. Well, not all of it, but most of it. It is a really good book about the pioneers of Bitcoin; The twenty-first-century outlaws - cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and self-taught entrepreneurs. Overall, it's almost about the history of Bitcoin.
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January 31, 2018, 07:21:50 PM
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Maybe somebody know good video/audio courses from where to learn?

There are dozens of videos on YT but most of them are worthless IMO, the most informative I know of (entry-level) is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aHkqB2-46k

It's the first of a series of lectures by dr. Christof Paar. If you can endure the camera instability and find it useful, check out his channel - he has 20+ lecture videos there.

thanks for this recommendation. this is informative for newbies in crypto.
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February 08, 2018, 05:07:53 PM
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Hey guys I believe this book will be interesting to you.
One of the best technical books about blockchain technology

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Bitcoin-Programming-Open-Blockchain/dp/1491954388/ref=pd_sbs_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1491954388&pd_rd_r=E8ETCAAA7JRFZT741TEG&pd_rd_w=nvUcZ&pd_rd_wg=fAZje&psc=1&refRID=E8ETCAAA7JRFZT741TEG

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June 30, 2018, 08:47:52 AM
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Cryptography and Network Security” Seventh Edition by William Stallings. It has good review over Amazon
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June 30, 2018, 09:34:03 AM
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Let me introduce you to https://scholar.google.com

You want papers on zk-snarks?
https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=zk-snarks&btnG=
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July 02, 2018, 06:58:21 AM
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Serious Cryptography: A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption
www.amazon.com/Serious-Cryptography-Practical-Introduction-Encryption/dp/1593278268/
ISBN-10: 1593278268
ISBN-13: 978-1593278267

Introduction to Cryptography: Principles and Applications 3rd ed
www.amazon.com/Introduction-Cryptography-Principles-Applications-Information/dp/3662479737/
ISBN-10: 3662479737
ISBN-13: 978-3662479735

Introduction to Network Security
www.amazon.com/Introduction-Network-Security-Computer-Information/dp/1584885432/
ISBN-10: 1584885432
ISBN-13: 978-1584885436
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July 03, 2018, 08:00:04 AM
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The GNU Privacy Handbook
https://www.gnupg.org/gph/en/manual.html
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