Whether you’re diving into Bitcoin for the first time or been mining since the first block, everyone should be aware of the original white paper.  This is the academic paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto (probably a pseudonym) that described the original blockchain technology that underlies Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.  It’s dense, it’s mathematical, but it’s the fundamental concept.  You can certainly be a Bitcoin user without concerning yourself with the underlying technology, but understanding the protocol will help you make smart decisions and evaluate the claims of different vendors selling Bitcoin tools.

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