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• May 2016
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David Graeber | Melville House, 2011 | Book
This book debunks the common framing of money as something that developed to make bartering easier — actually, the idea of debt and obligation has existed for much longer. Reading this book will change the way you think about what debt and obligations really mean in our world.
Satoshi Nakamoto | bitcoin.org | Article
The paper that started a revolution. Satoshi Nakamoto released the Bitcoin white paper in October 2008 and the first version of the code in January 2009. At that time, Bitcoin was merely a novelty. Now Bitcoin’s market capitalization is around 10B USD.
Michael Nielsen | michaelnielsen.org | Article
This article helped me understand how Bitcoin really works. It's an easy-to-read (though still quite technical) explanation, starting by building up a digital currency from scratch.
Neal Stephenson | Avon Books, 2002 | Book
A rambling, expansive piece of fiction that jumps to World War II and back again while providing an amazing (and fun!) exploration of cryptography and codes.
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