SVET Must To Read On Crypto List


  1. A Certified Digital Signature: Author: Ralph C. Merkle, Date: 1979. Note: Merkle Trees converts information into code. Like branches which get to a trunk and then to a root. That is, basically, how a blockchain works.
  2. Untraceable Electronic Mail, Return Addresses, and Digital Pseudonyms: digital anonymity (Author: David Chaum; Date: February 1981). Chaum is the father of a digital cash and the Cypherpunk movement. Read it and if you get it at once - apply to MIT :)
  3. The Byzantine Generals Problem (1982)by Leslie Lamport, Robert Shostak, and Marshall Pease. Generals attack a city but getting a right time is an issue. Unless, you know how to agree. That is why we can trust blockchain.
  4. How to Timestamp a Digital Document: time-stamping of digital data (Authors: Stuart Haber, W. Scott Stornetta; Date: January 1991). Control time and you control everything. A digital safety deposit box doesn't allow you to do that. So, blockchain is safeguarded from alternative history dwellers.
  5. Smart Contracts: self-executing digital contract (Author: Nick Szabo; Date: 1994). Smart contracts are rarely smart - they are mostly repeating the same set of functions but doing it reliably enough to stake your money on it. Szabo is credited to be its inventor by his one-pager :)
  6. Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Well of you still didn't read that one, please, do it today.
  7. Ethereum: A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform: A Turing-complete programming language goes blockchain with Vitalik in charge. That made ICO possible. Do not tell me that it was not exiting :)
  8. Tezos: A Self-Amending Crypto-Ledger Position Paperby L.M Goodman. Not much of self-amending is going on Tezos now :) Still it is a good idea and a must-read.

  1. Zerocash: Decentralized Anonymous Payments from Bitcoin: (Authors: Eli Ben Sasson, Alessandro Chiesa, Christina Garman, Matthew Green, Ian Miers, Eran Tromer, Madars Virza). ZK-SNARKs, a form of zero-knowledge cryptography, allows you to choose between remaining completely anonymous or to disclose transaction details to three-letters=agencies. Choice is yours.
  2. A Note on Cryptocurrency Stabilisation: Seigniorage Shares (Author: Robert Sams). If you do believe in alrorithms more than in Federal Reserve System, then get some non-collateralized stablecoins in your bags.
  3. The Bitcoin Lightning Network: Scalable Off-Chain Instant Payments (Authors: Joseph Poon, Thaddeus Dryja). Here's a solution to Bitcoin scalability issue. Who said that BTC transactions are too expensive? Just get yourself a lightning node.
  4. Tendermint: Consensus without Mining by Jae Kwon. Do you believe in the interoperability? All of us - alt-coiners and maxis - getting together as a big happy family united by Tendermint. Might be our strive to self-perpetuation prevents us from doing that? Read it for yourself.
  5. Ouroboros Chronos: Permissionless Clock Synchronization via Proof-of-Stake by Christian Badertscher, Peter Gazi, Aggelos Kiayias, Alexander Russell and Vassilis Zikas. A snake biting its own tail is a good analogy for that paper. Self-undermining is a bit of an issue with ADA, isn't? :)
  6. Algorand: A secure and efficient distributed ledger by Jing Chen and Silvio Micali. The fastest blockchin ever. At least - in theory :)
  7. Uniswap v2 Core: (Authors: Hayden Adams, Noah Zinsmeister, Dan Robinson). Automated market maker exchanges (AMMs) rule the day. No doubts - just concerns with SEC.
  8. Harmony Technical Paper V2. I just reviewed it the first - that's why :)

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