Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works

Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262037938
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 394,735
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Stuart Day was Chief Scientist at Riverbed Technology for a decade and is currently Visiting Lecturer at MIT. With more than thirty patented inventions, he has also made technical contributions at Dropbox, IBM, Cisco, Digital, and BBN.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction 1

I Single Process

2 Steps 5

3 Processes 17

4 Names 31

5 Recursion 41

6 Limits: Imperfect Programs 49

7 Limits: Perfect Programs 65

II Interacting Processes

8 Coordination 81

9 State, Change, and Equality 89

10 Controlled Access 101

11 Interrupts 111

12 Virtualization 123

13 Separation 135

14 Packets 151

15 Browsing 155

III Unstoppable Processes

16 Failure 177

17 Software Failure 199

IS Reliable Networks 207

19 Inside the Cloud 217

20 Browsing Revisited 241

IV Defending Processes

21 Attackers 253

22 Thompson's Hack 263

23 Secrets 273

24 Secure Channel, Key Distribution, and Certificates 289

25 Bitcom Goals 307

26 Bitcoin Mechanisms 315

27 Looking Back 335

Index of Metaphors and Examples 337

Subject Index 341

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From the Publisher

I found the book, in its entirety, to be original and engaging, with a compelling narrative and the right level of depth and detail. I think this book makes a valuable contribution to describing how modern information technology works for i nquisitive, intelligent, but non-technical readers. Candidly, I loved the book.

Brad Kain , President, Quoin, Inc.

Modern society increasingly relies on computing technology. This book skillfully guides laypeople through the land of computing and helps them understand how sophisticated systems such as the internet and Bitcoin work. It covers concepts from a wide range of areas, including operating systems, distributed computing, and cryptography.

Martin Erwig , Stretch Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University; author of Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain ComputingI highly recommend this book to the educated layperson who knows the importance of computing in the world, but who wishes to know more about what lies “under the hood” of the smartphones, laptops, cloud servers, social media, and artificially intelligent systems that we all encounter every day.

Paul Ceruzzi , Curator, Guidance, Navigation, and Control; Space History Department, Smithsonian National Air & Space MuseumAn intriguing selection of Computer Science topics, explained in an entertaining way for non-technical readers. This book is a solid contribution to helping disseminate Computer Science ideas to the educated public. The explanations of these ideas are done with great skill, and whenever I stopped reading, I often had the urge to go back and read more.

Karl Lieberherr , Professor of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

Endorsement

An intriguing selection of Computer Science topics, explained in an entertaining way for non-technical readers. This book is a solid contribution to helping disseminate Computer Science ideas to the educated public. The explanations of these ideas are done with great skill, and whenever I stopped reading, I often had the urge to go back and read more.

Karl Lieberherr, Professor of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

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