Bitcoin or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Crypto

The definitive guide to understand what the bitcoin is and why we should care about them.
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By the end of this course, you will be able to explain what a bitcoin is and why we should care about them
You will be able to start mining bitcoins if you desire
You will be able to speculate on the bitcoin exchanges
You will be able to securely store and use bitcoins in e-commerce
You will able to integrate into the Bitcoin community


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Welcome to the first community built BItcoin course! This course serves as a central point of introduction to Bitcoin for anyone interested. It assumes no special skills or knowledge nor experience in computer science. All are welcome and the course shall forever be free under a creative commons license.

The course is divided into several sections. The Core Lecture Path serves as a comprehensive introduction for beginners on all relevant topics necessary to have a deep understanding of Bitcoin including why Bitcoins have value, why they can be used for anonymous transactions, the current economy of Bitcoins, how they are made and distributed as well as speculation.

The bonus lecture path addresses specific questions students have asked and are not necessary for to satisfy the goals of the course. Feel free to request a bonus lecture at any time! Finally, there are dedicated tracks for more in-depth analysis of the theoretical concepts of Bitcoin alongside the software that makes makes Bitcoin work well.

Bitcoin or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Crypto by Charles Hoskinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in the bitcoin
  • No special background is required or expected
  • Future Lectures will Cover Special Topics as Requested by the Course Community


Entrepreneur, Mathematician and Cryptocurrency Evangelist
Charles Hoskinson
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 3,452 Reviews
  • 114,161 Students
  • 2 Courses

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at Boulder to study Number Theory and Mathematical Logic prior to moving into cryptography via industry exposure.

His professional experience includes founding two Bitcoin related start-ups- Invictus Innovations and Ethereum- and a variety of colorful positions in the public and private sector. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation's education committee and established the not for profit Cryptocurrency Research Group in September of 2013.

His current projects focus on education of cryptocurrency topics, evangelism of decentralization and making cryptographic tools easier to use for the mainstream.

Charles enjoys fishing and chess alongside a passion for functional programming, paradoxes and building mazes. He lives in Boulder Colorado, but often travels to more exotic locales.

Bitcoin Education Project, Senior Fellow
Brian Göss
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 3,402 Reviews
  • 113,794 Students
  • 1 Course

Dr. Goss is a resident physician training in radiology at a leading medical institution in southeastern Minnesota. He received his medical degree from Rush University in Chicago in 2009, following a masters degree in biomedical engineering from the Mayo Clinic in 2006. Dr. Goss also holds a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester, received in 2002. Additionally, he holds patents in magnetic resonance elastography of the lung with his graduate school advisors.

Dr. Goss became interested in Bitcoin after reading Satoshi’s white paper in July 2010. Like many of the Bitcoin Education Project Fellows, he recognized the significance of the Bitcoin software and excitedly saw the revolutionary power of Bitcoin. In mid-2010, Dr. Goss effectively used his laptop to support the nascent Bitcoin network. While this tiny amount of computing power quickly became insignificant, he still believed in supporting Bitcoin. He was amongst the first traders on bitcoinmarket.com, the first online bitcoin exchange. He has written software for iOS to manage the public addresses in bitcoin wallets. Dr. Goss is one of the early members of the Bitcoin Foundation to which he is a lifetime member.

Currently, Dr. Goss is an active forum member participating in the accurate spread of bitcoin information. With enthusiasm he continues work in Bitcoin education as a senior fellow of the Bitcoin Education Project.

Areas of Interest

Social implications of Bitcoin, Political advocacy , Bitcoin history



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