(Authors’ Edition)
A book for an in-depth study

Blockchain and decentralized systems Volume 1

At the present time, people are under threat of control by major centralized digital systems. Decentralization is an alternative solution to solving many of humanity’s challenges, in particular ensuring the freedom of access to public data and the transparency of accounting processes.
The study guide gives an insight into the capabilities of blockchain technology, principles of operation of decentralized accounting systems as well as features of reaching consensus in a decentralized environment.
(Authors’ Edition)
A book for an in-depth study

Blockchain and decentralized systems Volume 2

At the present time, people are under threat of control by major centralized digital systems. Decentralization is an alternative solution to solving many of humanity’s challenges, in particular ensuring the freedom of access to public data and the transparency of accounting processes.
The study guide gives an insight into the capabilities of blockchain technology, principles of operation of decentralized accounting systems as well as features of reaching consensus in a decentralized environment.
(Authors’ test Edition)
A book for an in-depth study

Blockchain and decentralized systems Volume 3

At the present time, people are under threat of control by major centralized digital systems. Decentralization is an alternative solution to solving many of humanity’s challenges, in particular ensuring the freedom of access to public data and the transparency of accounting processes.
The study guide gives an insight into the capabilities of blockchain technology, principles of operation of decentralized accounting systems as well as features of reaching consensus in a decentralized environment.

What's inside

  • Answers to the questions of why and how do decentralized systems work
  • The material is presented at the intersection of basic work principles, advantages, and the risks of applying the new technologies
  • Work principles are exemplified by the exposure to the technical minimum required
  • The technical text is followed by a vast number of illustrations, charts and diagrams, and is enriched with practical real-life examples
  • For the convenience of the reader, the study guide includes a key terms dictionary

What's inside

  • Answers to the questions of why and how do decentralized systems work
  • The material is presented at the intersection of basic work principles, advantages, and the risks of applying the new technologies
  • Work principles are exemplified by the exposure to the technical minimum required
  • The technical text is followed by a vast number of illustrations, charts and diagrams, and is enriched with practical real-life examples
  • For the convenience of the reader, the study guide includes a key terms dictionary

What's inside

  • Answers to the questions of why and how do decentralized systems work
  • The material is presented at the intersection of basic work principles, advantages, and the risks of applying the new technologies
  • Work principles are exemplified by the exposure to the technical minimum required
  • The technical text is followed by a vast number of illustrations, charts and diagrams, and is enriched with practical real-life examples
  • For the convenience of the reader, the study guide includes a key terms dictionary

What do readers say

The book has a comprehensive and concise structure. Reading it is the right (and essential) step for those who want to have an accurate understanding of blockchain.

Roman Mandeleil ether.camp

Before this book, the coolest thing I had read were only Princeton lectures.

Anatoly Kaplan Forklog

Although ideas and algorithms embedded in blockchain and cryptocurrency have been discussed in the scientific community for several decades, the industry is still young and even the oldest cases of blockchain application date back less than two decades. During this time, there have been several open courses as well as courses in universities. And now, finally, a course that can be used in higher educational institutions of our country has emerged. Distributed Lab does not pursue hype but rather works for many years to come. The material they have prepared is, on the one hand, simple and easy to understand, and on the other, it has the depth that would allow students who studied the book to actively apply the technology in their projects as well as tokenize existing businesses.

Denis Dovgopoly GrowthUP Group

About the authors

Dr. Pavel Kravchenko
Founder of Distributed Lab. Research interests: blockchain and decentralized technologies. Areas of expertise: cryptography, public key infrastructures, asset tokenization, security models, and decentralized systems architecture. Ph.D. in information security, author of 15 scientific papers, 5 of which are devoted to blockchain technology and decentralized systems. In 2014 Pavel started his work on creating decentralized accounting systems as a cryptographer at the Stellar project.
Bohdan Skriabin
Leading specialist in cryptography and decentralized systems at Distributed Lab. Research interests: protocols of decentralized accounting systems, software wallet architectures, cryptographic schemes, and privacy in digital currencies. Since 2014 Bohdan has been involved in the industry of decentralized technologies and blockchain. Defended his Master's thesis on "Analysis of vulnerabilities of decentralized payment systems". Taught 9 academic and elective courses in the universities of technical profile.
Dr. Oksana Dubinina
Professor at the Department of Computer Mathematics & Data Analysis, Faculty of Computer Science and Software Engineering at National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute". Area of scientific interests: mathematical apparatus technique in software engineering, mathematical modeling. Author of 75 scientific and educational publications.
Oleksandr Kurbatov
Blockchain researcher Distributed Lab. Currently receives his Master's degree in cybersecurity. Oleksandr has defended his Bachelor's thesis on post-quantum digital signature algorithms. Research interests: evoting platforms, key management, and techniques for ensuring privacy in accounting systems. Author of publications on anonymous decentralized e-voting and decentralized public key infrastructure. One of the speakers in the online course on blockchain and cryptocurrencies as well as one of the organizers of the decentralized technologies fan club.

Bonuses

  • Established terms
  • Popular myths and their disproofs
  • Each section contains FAQs
  • Test questions for self-test
  • Average mention of “blockchain” doesn’t exceed one time per three pages :)
  • You can get a free copy of the e-book if you are a student, teacher or running an educational project. We want every educational institution in the world to have access to up-to-date system knowledge on block and decentralized systems.