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Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works
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Mark Stuart Day (Visiting Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) C.A. Jennings
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Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works

Mark Stuart Day (Visiting Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) C.A. Jennings


9780262037938

Massachusetts Inst of Tec


Other technologies & applied sciences;
Computing: general


Hardback

368 pages

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An accessible guide to our digital infrastructure, explaining the basics of operating systems, networks, security, and other topics for the general reader.

Most of us feel at home in front of a computer; we own smartphones, tablets, and laptops; we look things up online and check social media to see what our friends are doing. But we may be a bit fuzzy about how any of this really works. In Bits to Bitcoin, Mark Stuart Day offers an accessible guide to our digital infrastructure, explaining the basics of operating systems, networks, security, and related topics for the general reader. He takes the reader from a single process to multiple processes that interact with each other; he explores processes that fail and processes that overcome failures; and he examines processes that attack each other or defend themselves against attacks.

Day tells us that steps are digital but ramps are analog; that computation is about doing something with stuff and that both the stuff and the doing can be digital. He explains timesharing, deadlock, and thrashing; virtual memory and virtual machines; packets and networks; resources and servers; secret keys and public keys; Moore's law and Thompson's hack. He describes how building in redundancy guards against failure and how endpoints communicate across the Internet. He explains why programs crash or have other bugs, why they are attacked by viruses, and why those problems are hard to fix. Finally, after examining secrets, trust, and cheating, he explains the mechanisms that allow the Bitcoin system to record money transfers accurately while fending off attacks.

By:   Mark Stuart Day (Visiting Lecturer Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Illustrated by:   C.A. Jennings
Imprint:   Massachusetts Inst of Tec
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
ISBN:   9780262037938
ISBN 10:   0262037939
Series:   The MIT Press
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   August 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

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