Cryptography Basics

Learn the basics of cryptography including public key cryptography, hashing algorithms, and tree data structures.

While "crypto" has entered the lexicon as a shorthand for "blockchain-based digital currency", it's fundamentally important to understand the role of cryptography in blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

This section will cover the basics of cryptography for blockchains:

  1. What is Public Key Cryptography?
  2. What is a hashing algorithm?
  3. How do tree data structures work?
  4. What are Merkle Trees?
  5. How are Merkle Trees used in blockchains?
  6. What are Patricia Merkle Tries?

If this sounds too technical, don't worry, we've broken it down into the simplest pieces.

Take your time, and don't stress out over memorizing all of the nitty gritty details.

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