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Reading List

It is often said that “Knowledge is Power”, so we asked Tobias Mathiasen who heads up Standard Kepler Research to compile a list of what he considers to be some of the most essential readings for new and seasoned blockchain enthusiasts alike:

The following reading list may appear dry at first, since it mainly consists of reports and white papers. However, I find that the selection below offers insights into key concepts of blockchain, insights that are concise, complete, and often directly from the minds of their creators. Most of these documents are also free, which is an added bonus.

By consuming the content of these reports you are furthermore able to trace the development of cryptocurrencies, from Hashcash, to B-money, to Bitcoin and Ethereum. Being an avid addict of historical facts and anecdotes, I’ve found that a place becomes significantly more interesting once you are familiar with its history. Similarly, blockchain and cryptocurrencies reach another level of allure after you begin to study the development and functionality of the underlying technologies.

The list below is far from exhaustive, but it provides a good starting point for those interested in learning more, and I shall strive to keep updating it. As always, I encourage readers with questions and insights to reach out to Standard Kepler Research at

– Tobias Mathiasen, Standard Kepler Research


Blockchain and Databases

  • Concise Guide to Databases. Peter Lake, Paul Crowther. 2013. HERE.
  • Thinking Outside the Blocks. Boston Consulting Group. 2016. HERE.


  • “Tenacious Letters”: Archives and Memory in the Middle Ages. M.T. Clanchy. 1980. HERE.


  • Hashcash – A Denial of Service Counter Measure. Adam Back. 2002. HERE.
  • B-money, An Anonymous, Distributed Electronic Cash System. Wei Dai. 1998. HERE.
  • Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Satoshi Nakamoto. 2008. HERE.
  • Bitcoin Developer Guide. HERE. 


  • An Introduction to Cryptography. PGP Corporation. 2004. HERE.
  • CoinJoin: Bitcoin Privacy for the Real World. Gregory Maxwell. 2013. HERE. 
  • CryptoNote v 2.0. Nicolas van Saberhagen. 2013. HERE.
  • Zerocash: Decentralized Anonymous Payments from Bitcoin. Eli Ben-Sasson, Alessandro Chiesa, Christina Garman, Matthew Green, Ian Miers, Eran Tromer, Madars Virza. 2014. HERE.
  • Ring Confidential Transactions. Shen Noether, Adam Mackenzie, the Monero Research Lab. 2016. HERE.
  • Abelian Coin (ABE) – A Quantum-Resistant Cryptocurrency Balancing Privacy and Accountability. Zhen Liu, Duncan S. Wong, Khoa Nguyen, Guomin Yang, Huaxiong Wang. 2018. HERE. (Disclosure: Abelian Coin is a client of Standard Kepler, but I find that this academic white paper offers an excellent summary of cryptographic privacy, and ECC vs lattice based cryptography).


  • The Bitcoin Mining Network – Trends, Marginal Creation Cost, Electricity Consumption and Sources. Cristopher Benediksen, Samuel Gibbons. 2018. HERE.
  • Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study (section on mining). Dr Garrick Hileman, Michel Rauchs. 2017. HERE.
  • Bitcoin Mining and its Energy Footprint. Karl J. O’Dwyer, David Malone. 2014. HERE.