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Coursera Launches Bitcoin Course
Coursera and Princeton University are working together to offer a computer science course on bitcoin, EducationNews reports. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies—which consists of lectures, quizzes, community discussion, and other learning tactics—explores what bitcoin is and how it works. Students can purchase the course textbook, but draft chapters of it will be free online.
“How does our textbook (and course) differ from other books on Bitcoin? It’s simple: this is unabashedly a computer science text and course. We connect the ideas we discuss to the rest of computer science, and separate fundamental concepts from implementation details,” says Princeton’s Arvind Narayanan, one of the course instructors. “The hype in the Bitcoin community has sometimes gotten ahead of the technology, and we think that for cryptocurrencies to truly realize their potential, entrepreneurs must go back to the basics, rigorously understand the technology and build on it.”
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