Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT MAS.S62 Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design, Spring 2018

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via YouTube


Bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies have gained attention over the years as the systems continue to evolve. This course looks at the design of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how they function in practice, focusing on cryptography, game theory, and network architecture.


1. Signatures, Hashing, Hash Chains, e-cash, and Motivation.
2. Proof of Work and Mining.
3. Signatures.
4. Transactions and the UTXO model.
5. Synchronization Process and Pruning.
6. Wallets and SPV.
7. Catena: Efficient Non-equivocation via Bitcoin.
8. Forks.
10. PoW Recap, Other Fork Types.
11. Fees.
12. Transaction Malleability and Segregated Witness.
13. Payment Channels and Lightning Network.
14. Lightning Network and Cross-chain Swaps.
15. Discreet Log Contracts.
16. MAST, Taproot, Graftroot.
17. Anonymity, Coinjoin and Signature Aggregation.
18. Confidential Transactions.
22. Alternative Consensus Mechanisms.
23. New Directions in Crypto.
24. zkLedger.

Taught by

MIT OpenCourseWare


Start your review of MIT MAS.S62 Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design, Spring 2018

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.