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How the Bitcoin protocol works and what blockchains are, from the viewpoint of stumbling into inventing your own cryptocurrency.

Protocol Labs: https://protocol.ai/
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Special thanks to the following patrons: http://3b1b.co/btc-thanks

Some people have asked if this channel accepts donations in cryptocurrency form. As you might guess, the answer is yes :) Here are the relevant addresses:

ETH: 0x88Fd7a2e9e0E616a5610B8BE5d5090DC6Bd55c25
BTC: 1DV4dhXEVhGELmDnRppADyMcyZgGHnCNJ
LTC: LNPY2HEWv8igGckwKrYPbh9yD28XH3sm32

If you're looking for the supplemental video about understanding just how big 2^256 is, I'm planning to put it out tomorrow. The basic idea is to get a feel for what 2^32 (about 4 billion) multiplied by itself 8 times feels like, building up to a comically absurd computer that would be needed to break 256-bit security. If you want to stay notified, feel free to subscribe: http://3b1b.co/subscribe

Music by Vincent Rubinetti: https://soundcloud.com/vincerubinetti...

Here are a few other resources I'd recommend:

Original Bitcoin paper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Block explorer: https://blockexplorer.com/

Blog post by Michael Nielsen: https://goo.gl/BW1RV3
(This is particularly good for understanding the details of what transactions look like, which is something this video did not cover)

Video by CuriousInventor: https://youtu.be/Lx9zgZCMqXE

Video by Anders Brownworth: https://youtu.be/_160oMzblY8

Ethereum white paper: https://goo.gl/XXZddT

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