Searching good sources of Bitcoin's fundamentals
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Phu Juck:
Hello everyone!
I'm not a coder personally, but in my opinion, doing a research on Bitcoin's fundamentals is very important for everyone because of many aspects:
- understanding how Bitcoin works and what makes it better compared to Altcoins
- preventing costly mistakes resulting from a lack of knowledge about Bitcoin

I'm currently searching for interesting blog posts about Bitcoin's fundamentals written by coders but written in an understandable way for average people (who are not coders).

So far, in my list is for example:
- MURCH and his website: https://murch.one/ (but he's not very active)
- JAMESON LOPP and his website: https://www.lopp.net/bitcoin-information.html (he's very atice but it's very technical sometimes for coders)

I also know about Bitcoin Stack Exchange and Bitcointalk of course, but I don't know if it's always a good source because everyone can reply (I don't know if some people are not educated enough).

I'm looking forward to your contributions.
I just want to look for Bitcoin's fundamentals for now, what is important for average people to know.  :)
Pmalek:
You can give Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos a try if you want to. One version is available on GitHub.
https://github.com/bitcoinbook/bitcoinbook/blob/develop/book.asciidoc

Andreas also created a Bitcoin for Beginners playlist on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPQwGV1aLnTuN6kdNWlElfr2tzigB9Nnj

Our forum mate fillippone created a solid collection of blogs and videos.
5 Resources to teach Average Joe about Bitcoin

There is also learn me a bitcoin by By Greg Walker.
https://learnmeabitcoin.com/
jamyr:
Blog posts are interesting, but I utilized chat gpt and gave a few guidelines to give a response which went like this:


Quote from: chatgpt chat.openai.com



Researching about the fundamentals of Bitcoin is a crucial step in understanding the world of cryptocurrency. It is essential to use reliable sources of information to ensure that the information gathered is accurate and trustworthy. This essay will provide a guide on how to list sources properly when researching about Bitcoin fundamentals.

Academic Journals: Academic journals are a reliable source of information when it comes to researching Bitcoin fundamentals. Some of the top journals in the field include the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.
Example citation: Nakamoto, S. (2008). Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Retrieved from https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Research Papers: Research papers are a great source of information on Bitcoin fundamentals, as they provide a detailed analysis of specific topics. Some of the top research papers include "An Empirical Analysis of Bitcoin Transaction Fees" by Holden, Krause, and Pousttchi and "Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency" by Al-Qudah and Al-Zoubi.
Example citation: Holden, S. E., Krause, M. G., & Pousttchi, K. (2018). An Empirical Analysis of Bitcoin Transaction Fees. Journal of Business Research, 89, 55-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.02.019

Books: Books are a great source of information when it comes to understanding the basics of Bitcoin. Some of the top books in the field include "The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking" by Saifedean Ammous and "Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies" by Andreas Antonopoulos.
Example citation: Ammous, S. (2018). The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Websites: Websites are a great source of information on Bitcoin fundamentals, especially for up-to-date news and market analysis. Some of the top websites include Bitcoin.org, Coindesk.com, and Bitcoin Magazine.
Example citation: "What is Bitcoin?" (2021). Bitcoin.org. Retrieved from https://bitcoin.org/en/faq

White Papers: White papers are official documents that provide detailed information on the technical aspects of Bitcoin. The most notable white paper is the original Bitcoin white paper written by Satoshi Nakamoto.
Example citation: Nakamoto, S. (2008). Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Retrieved from https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

In conclusion, using reliable sources is essential when researching about Bitcoin fundamentals. Properly citing sources is important to ensure that the information gathered is accurate and trustworthy. When listing sources, it is important to include the author, title, publication date, and the website or journal where the information was found. By following these guidelines, researchers can ensure that their work is credible and informative.



I also asked it to refer on bitcointalk posts and it gave me:

Quote from: chatgpt chat.openai.com


When researching about Bitcoin fundamentals within the Bitcointalk.org forum, it is essential to ensure that the sources used are reliable and trustworthy. Here are some tips on how to list sources properly when researching within the Bitcointalk.org forum:

Forum Threads: Forum threads are an excellent source of information on Bitcoin fundamentals. However, it is crucial to ensure that the information is accurate and comes from a reputable source. When referencing forum threads, include the thread title, author, and date of the post.

Example citation: Satoshi Nakamoto. (2009, November 9). Bitcoin P2P e-cash paper [Forum thread]. Retrieved from https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3878.msg52748#msg52748

User Profiles: User profiles on the Bitcointalk.org forum can provide valuable information on the user's expertise and experience in the Bitcoin space. When referencing user profiles, include the username, the date of the post, and the URL of the user's profile.

Example citation: JohnDoe. (2022, February 1). Re: Bitcoin Mining [Forum post]. Retrieved from https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=12345

External Links: External links posted within the Bitcointalk.org forum can provide additional information on Bitcoin fundamentals. However, it is important to ensure that the external source is reputable and reliable. When referencing external links, include the title of the article or website, the author, the date of publication, and the URL.

Example citation: Smith, J. (2022, March 1). The Future of Bitcoin [Web article]. Retrieved from https://www.example.com/the-future-of-bitcoin

Bitcointalk.org Rules: The rules and guidelines posted on the Bitcointalk.org forum can provide valuable information on how to conduct research within the forum. When referencing the Bitcointalk.org rules, include the title of the rule or guideline and the date of publication.

Example citation: Bitcointalk.org. (2022). Rules and Guidelines [Forum thread]. Retrieved from https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=703657.0

In conclusion, the Bitcointalk.org forum can provide valuable information on Bitcoin fundamentals. When listing sources from the forum, it is important to ensure that the information is accurate and comes from reputable sources. Properly citing sources within the forum can help to ensure that the information gathered is credible and informative.



Hope these helps.
sha420hashcollision:
Read the white paper:
https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Learn about why self custody is vital:
https://www.investopedia.com/what-went-wrong-with-ftx-6828447
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mt-gox.asp
https://medium.com/stablecorp/what-happens-after-the-hack-a-deep-dive-into-defi-exploits-and-recoveries-4aa42c3fc0b5
https://www.ledger.com/academy/not-your-keys-not-your-coins-why-it-matters

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS EXTREMELY TECHNICAL

Learn about secure private key generation:
https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0032.mediawiki
https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0044.mediawiki


Learn about p2pkh (legacy standard) bitcoin addresses:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n4g3eYX1UI

Learn about segwit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYNZB5BCHM (sorry to your left ear lol)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-jAUaSkcAA (this gets into taproot)

Learn about taproot:
https://github.com/bitcoinops/taproot-workshop

I am still going through taproot workshop myself.

Unfortunately I don't think simple explanations will cut it, there is no simple way to explain what is going on and be honest about it at the same time in my opinion. Bitcoin is complex and extremely important.

To be extra honest I think what you are asking for is inherently an oxymoron, fundamentals that are simple are simple to break. Most of the Bitcoin network's security is based on Elliptic Curve Discrete Log Hardness, the only way you can simplify that is saying "really hard math" but that obviously says nothing about what is really happening.
Phu Juck:
Quote from: Pmalek on March 28, 2023, 06:08:57 PM

You can give Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos a try if you want to. One version is available on GitHub.
https://github.com/bitcoinbook/bitcoinbook/blob/develop/book.asciidoc

Andreas also created a Bitcoin for Beginners playlist on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPQwGV1aLnTuN6kdNWlElfr2tzigB9Nnj

Nice suggestion.
I have heard from Antonopoulos, hes a very experienced Computer Scientist and can explain complicated topics very well, to make it easier to understand for normal people
It is great to have him added in my list and I will bookmark it.

Quote from: Pmalek on March 28, 2023, 06:08:57 PM

Our forum mate fillippone created a solid collection of blogs and videos.
5 Resources to teach Average Joe about Bitcoin

There is also learn me a bitcoin by By Greg Walker.
https://learnmeabitcoin.com/

It looks also like interesting content, bookmarked.




Quote from: sha420hashcollision on March 30, 2023, 05:49:43 AM

Read the white paper:
https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Learn about why self custody is vital:
https://www.investopedia.com/what-went-wrong-with-ftx-6828447
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mt-gox.asp
https://medium.com/stablecorp/what-happens-after-the-hack-a-deep-dive-into-defi-exploits-and-recoveries-4aa42c3fc0b5
https://www.ledger.com/academy/not-your-keys-not-your-coins-why-it-matters

You are right, not your keys not your coins is very important.
Also bookmarked your content.


Quote from: sha420hashcollision on March 30, 2023, 05:49:43 AM

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS EXTREMELY TECHNICAL

Learn about secure private key generation:
https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0032.mediawiki
https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0044.mediawiki


Learn about p2pkh (legacy standard) bitcoin addresses:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n4g3eYX1UI

Learn about segwit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYNZB5BCHM (sorry to your left ear lol)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-jAUaSkcAA (this gets into taproot)

Learn about taproot:
https://github.com/bitcoinops/taproot-workshop

I am still going through taproot workshop myself.

Unfortunately I don't think simple explanations will cut it, there is no simple way to explain what is going on and be honest about it at the same time in my opinion. Bitcoin is complex and extremely important.

To be extra honest I think what you are asking for is inherently an oxymoron, fundamentals that are simple are simple to break. Most of the Bitcoin network's security is based on Elliptic Curve Discrete Log Hardness, the only way you can simplify that is saying "really hard math" but that obviously says nothing about what is really happening.

It seems to be very technical content and Im not a coder at all but will bookmark it as well and see if I can understand it.

Nice to have so many suggestions from you.  :)

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