Too boring at home during the Chinese New Year? Recommend a blockchain book list

2020 is bound to be a restless New Year. The sudden outbreak of pneumonia affects everyone's heart, and a war without gunpowder is going on. For us ordinary people, living at home and taking the initiative to isolate is the greatest contribution to society.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the past, this is the time to read. The book list recommended in this article is the author's encounter and accumulation in 2019. It is neither fair nor authoritative. It brings personal prejudice and a limited field of vision in order to clear the true side of the blockchain in the mist. A moment of restlessness brought a touch of comfort.


Book title: "Essence of Blockchain"

Author: Chen Peng

Year of Publication: January 2019

Publisher: Tsinghua University Press

The first time I saw "Blockchain Essence" was on a weekend in June 2019, when I was hanging around the Zhejiang Library, and I accidentally saw the blue and white cover of "Blockchain Essence". Just flipping through it, I felt the power of this little book.

The entire book is 176 pages. The theoretical part is traceable and well-founded. The practical part is to refer to the overall model of bitcoin and develop a small and exquisite Ajicoin. It has initially implemented P2P networks, transactions, blocks and blockchains, and work The core functions of consensus mechanism such as proof of quantity and trading of coins.

Several paragraphs in the book elaborate on the nature of the blockchain. I think it is the coolest. Chen Peng wrote:

From a pure software perspective, blockchain is a technology paradigm. Its essence is to package transactions on the network into blocks one by one by means of cryptographic signatures. "Boats" are firmly linked together.

From the perspective of the information network system, the blockchain is a point-to-point information and network system. Each node in the blockchain maintains a copy of the information that cannot be tampered with, and each other reaches an agreement through a negotiated consensus mechanism.

From the perspective of a technical social system, blockchain is a digital infrastructure. When applied to society, the blockchain relies on its regenerative ability as a digital infrastructure, and it continues to evolve under the tension of change and stability, and continuously adapts to the new environment.

From the perspective of the entire human habitation space, the blockchain is shaping a new "meaning space". The most interesting and charming aspect of the blockchain is its Token mechanism. The Token mechanism is the soul of the blockchain, which maximizes the pursuit of "meaning" for human beings. It can be said that the success of applications such as Bitcoin and Ethereum lies in the design and application of their Token mechanism. At this level, we can say that the essence of the blockchain is a "meaning space" fused with (physical space). Chen Peng should be a very low-key person, because this book has no information related to him except his name, not even the author's profile.


Title: "New Theory on Digital Currency"

Author: Xie Ping, stone Ngo Quang

Year of Publication: April 2019

Publisher: Renmin University of China Press

"New Theory on Digital Currency" explores the nature and laws of currency development from the chaos of early digital currency, analyzes the concept of digital currency for the first time from the perspectives of technology and economics, and discusses the impact of digital currency on monetary policy, and Legal and regulatory issues for digital currencies.

Xie Ping wrote,

This is a good time to study currency. Under the historical conditions of the gradual deepening of the digital economy, new currency phenomena have emerged endlessly. With all kinds of confusions, we looked through the works of our predecessors and felt the charm of the currency issue. These outstanding figures gave a wonderful exposition of the currency issues of their time, and 20, 40 or even 200 years have passed. Their research still has guiding significance for us to deepen our understanding of currency issues today; their vivid and insightful insights still help us to clear the mist and explore the real knowledge.


Book title: "Decade of Blockchain"

Author: Babbitt

Year of Publication: May 2019

Publisher: China Friendship Publishing Company

Ten years is a memorable time node. The ten years since the birth of Bitcoin have witnessed the strong vitality of blockchain technology, and its unique technical characteristics and cultural connotations have been accepted by more and more people.

"Blockchain Decade" brings together twelve representatives of the blockchain industry to share their stories in the blockchain industry. Different authors shared their different views on the most representative events of the decade from multiple perspectives, such as the battle for Bitcoin expansion, reflection on The DAO incident, and the harsh winter of the industry from 2014 to 2015, from public chains and wallets. To the exchange, from finance, artificial intelligence to empowering the real economy, it shows readers the most realistic ecological panorama of the blockchain.


Title: "Thinking: Ethereum's Blockchain Genesis"

Author: Vitalik Buterin

Year of Publication: May 2019

Publisher: Science Press

If one word is used to describe "Let's Think: Ethereum's Blockchain Genesis", it is "hardcore". This book contains 51 technical articles published by the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, from 2013 to 2018. The entire book is in chronological order. It covers the technical implementation, consensus mechanism, scalability, privacy protection, fork, Key theories and technologies such as Casper, ZK-SNARK, ZK-STARK, Plasma, blockchain governance, fault tolerance, and decentralization were discussed in depth.

On September 21, 2019, Vitalik Buterin visited Babbitt Company (Hangzhou) and was interviewed. Vitalik Buterin is a very pure and dedicated blockchain geek who is not interested in things other than technology. As Dima Buterin, the father of Vitalik Buterin, wrote in the foreword to "Thinking: Ethereum's Blockchain Genesis",

I'm curious what has inspired him to write these articles tirelessly over the years. But for Buterin, these are just the natural results-he spends a lot of time thinking, then sharing, and nothing more. Buterin said,

"I used to comment on interpersonal, social, and organizational structures during some media interviews, but this is rarely done now. After all, in these areas, my ideas and opinions are difficult to reason logically.


Title: "China Blockchain Development Report (2019)"

Chief Editor: Yao Qian

Executive Editor: Zhu Xidong

Year of Publication: August 2019

Publisher: Social Science Literature Press

"China Blockchain Development Report (2019)" is a collection of papers, including papers from related enterprises and institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, etc. The report is divided into general reports, policy market articles, technological innovation articles, and scenario application articles. The four major parts are focused on blockchain technology innovation, local support policies, key application areas, and the annual development of the entire industry market; the industry map describes the current status of the blockchain industry, its segmented fields, and representative companies.

The report points out that there are nearly 28,000 blockchain companies across the country, with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen as the core gathering place. Guangdong's blockchain registered companies account for over 50% of the nation's blockchain registered companies, totaling 16,353. While blockchain technology improves efficiency, reduces costs, and improves data security, it also faces serious privacy leaks.


Book title: "Easy to explain blockchain: core technology and project analysis"

Edited by: Liang Wei

Year of Publication: September 2019

Publisher: CITIC Publishing Group, Electronic Industry Press

Since the rise of the concept of blockchain in 2015, many blockchain technology books have appeared on the market, such as the "Blockchain Technology Guide", "Blockchain Project Development Guide", "Advanced Blockchain Technology and Actual combat "and so on. Unlike these hard-core books, "Explore the Blockchain: An Analysis of Core Technologies and Projects" establishes a relatively complete blockchain knowledge system by analyzing the core technologies and mainstream projects of the blockchain.

Liang Wei said in an interview with Babbitt,

"For any technology, the value of building a system is endless, which means you can continue to iterate, update and accumulate, especially in our era of information overload and infinite fragmentation of attention. In the development of blockchain technology In the process, some projects will inevitably exist, some projects remain, and some new projects will rise. The establishment of the system will help us see the context of technological evolution and look forward to the world of value Internet led by the blockchain. "


Title: Libra: An Experiment in Financial Innovation

Editor-in-Chief: Digital Asset Research Institute

Year of Publication: September 2019

Publisher: Oriental Press

On June 18, 2019, Facebook joined more than 20 institutions to officially announce a white paper on the encrypted digital currency Libra. There is no doubt that Libra is one of the most controversial topics in the blockchain field in 2019. "Libra: A Financial Innovation Experiment" is the first Chinese Libra book to be published at a fast pace. This shows that domestic scholars attach great importance to Libra.

Economist and Dean of the Digital Asset Research Institute said,

"Because of the emergence of digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Libra and blockchain, the theory and practice of the currency field will fully enter a new era of more diversification. In terms of theory, the quantity theory of money, Keynesian theory, the combination of the two As well as the new currency economics and the digital currency theory triggered by digital currency, in the real monetary and financial activities and economic life, the 'dual-track system' where sovereign and non-sovereign currencies coexist, and the 'new' where physical and virtual currencies coexist. "Multi-level system," will co-exist. "


Title: "Understanding Libra"

Chief Editor: Research Department of Comparison

Year of Publication: November 2019

Publisher: CITIC Publishing Group

Libra is really too important. A book "Libra: A Financial Innovation Experiment" is not enough. "Understanding Libra" contains analysis articles on Libra by former domestic central bank officials, technical and financial experts. The authors include Yao Qian, Zou Chuanwei, Sheng Songcheng, Wang Yongli, Yuan Yuming, Gu Yanxi, Yang Yanqing, Yao Mingrui, etc., on the origin of Libra and digital currency, blockchain and financial infrastructure, Libra's operating mechanism, Libra's challenge to traditional currency theory and policy, Libra's challenge to financial stability And talk about the impact of regulation.

Yao Mingrui, an adjunct professor of computer science at Nanjing University, wrote,

One speculation is that the US dollar strategy is switching from a single-core model with New York as the global financial center to an online and offline full-coverage dual-core model with New York and Silicon Valley as the core. There is no doubt that Libra will have a significant impact on China's payment system and related clearing institutions. If the domestic market is open to it, it will have a direct impact; even if it is blocked outside the wall, Libra will compete with international institutions that "go global" in the international market. In any case, the emergence of Libra reveals the strong explosive power of cryptocurrency technology. The combination of billions of users and cryptocurrency technology will not only affect the global payment system and capital flow, but also may restructure the entire financial ecosystem and create new ones. The digital financial model deserves our close attention.