Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
A detailed and self-contained introduction to the founding principles behind blockchain, DLTs and cryptocurrencies, for professionals operating in quantitatively-oriented fields such as mathematics, computer science, finance, economics, banking, and supply chain management.
"Blockchain and digital assets are entering the mainstream. If you're not preparing your organization for the big shift, you are responsible for its future decline, and eventually collapse."
Founder and CEO of Metaco, Adrien Treccani is a software engineer specialized in high performance computing and financial engineering. He has been an active member of the fintech community since 2012 and advised numerous banks and financial institutions globally on distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance.
Adrien lectures at University of Lausanne and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and has published in top peer-reviewed journals including Management Science and the Journal of Financial Econometrics. He obtained a PhD in mathematical finance at the Swiss Finance Institute and completed a post doctorate in high performance computing at University of Zürich.
Alexander Lipton is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of Sila, Partner at Numeraire, Visiting Professor and Dean’s Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Connection Science Fellow at MIT. Alex is a board member of Sila and an advisory board member of several fintech companies worldwide. Between 2006–2016, Alex was Co-Head of the Global Quantitative Group and Quantitative Solutions Executive at Bank of America. Earlier, he was a senior manager at Citadel, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust. At the same time, Alex held visiting professorships at EPFL, NYU, Oxford University, Imperial College, and the University of Illinois.
Before becoming a banker, Alex was a Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a Consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2000 Alex was awarded the Inaugural Quant of the Year Award and in 2021 the Buy-side Quant of the Year Award by Risk Magazine. Alex authored/edited 10 other books and more than a hundred scientific papers. Alex is an Associate Editor of several journals, including Finance and Stochastics, Journal of FinTech, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, and Quantitative Finance. He is a frequent keynote speaker at Quantitative Finance and FinTech conferences and forums worldwide.
This is a tour de force. It should be required reading for regulators, finance practitioners, investors and economists, particularly given that DLT will almost certainly reshape the future financial system.
A highly recommended read for both industry newcomers as well as veterans.
If there is one book that everyone should read on DLT, this is the one.