Bitcoin PHD Anyone?

The rise of Bitcoin is spurring on the rise of other support enterprises.  One of these includes new education paths, both online and at universities.  Stanford University, for instance, offers a class in “Computer Security and Cryptography.”

The online education giant, Coursera, also offers courses in Cryptocurrency.

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CNBC’s Senior Tech Reporter Ari Levy details how the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, bitcoin, with its acceptance explosion and staggering valuations, now seems to have opened an entire new educational universe.

Professor Dan Boneh of Stanford University Computer Security Lab discussed the attraction to his cryptography course, and how it is due to “the huge valuations in these currencies” such as bitcoin. Second only to machine learning, Computer Security and Cryptography is a wildly popular course. It’s also true bitcoin is “a wonderful way to teach cryptography” he told Mr. Levy of CNBC. The advent of cryptocurrencies means “there are a whole bunch of new applications for cryptography that didn’t exist before,” Professor Boneh added.

Getting to cryptography through bitcoin has meant a renewed interest in the mathematical language. Professor Boneh “said that more than 1 million people have signed up for an online cryptography class he teaches through the website Coursera,” CNBC reports.

Coursera boasts nearly thirty million registered users and two thousand different courses in a dozen languages. News.bitcoin.com registered for Professor Boneh’s Cryptography I course, and found two immediate options: 79.00 USD would earn participants a certificate, along with educational feedback, while the free option allows auditors a chance to take such a course as a test drive or just for the sake of knowledge. Financial aid is available.

“Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems,” the introduction states. The class is broken into parts, including cryptographic systems, secret keys, public keys, programming projects, and zero-knowledge.”

Even a textbook authored by Professor Boneh and Vipul Goyal of Carnegie Mellon, A Graduate Course in Applied Cryptography, is freely available and frequently updated for anyone to self-learn.

 

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