Since Bitcoin was open sourced in 2009, we’ve been reading about how cryptocurrencies are the new internet. But how do they actually work? In part, they depend on the blockchain: a linked list used as a distributed ledger to record transactions between parties. Lucy Wyman offers a deep dive into blockchains, covering what a blockchain is, how it works, the cool math and theory that it uses, and applications beyond cryptocurrencies.
Lucy Wyman is a software engineer at Puppet, where she works on the company’s open source remote task runner Bolt. Previously, she was a frontend engineer for Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab. Lucy holds a BS in computer science from Oregon State University. In her free time, she likes hanging out with friends, hiking, experiencing new things, and enjoying a wide variety of podcasts, TV shows, blogs, books, and other media. You can find out more on her blog.
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