The Infinite Machine by Camila Russo documents the growth of cryptocurrency

Five years after the launch of the blockchain platform comes the first book about the history of Ethereum. “The Infinite Machine” by Camila Russo documents the story of Ethereum’s founding, the growth of cryptocurrency, and Ethereum’s role in the future of the Internet.

Russo, a former Bloomberg journalist, tells the story of how 19-year-old coding genius Vitalik Buterin led a “ragtag group of feuding hackers with no business plan and no live product” to pioneer a whole new way of raising money, on a platform that’s grown to a value of $27 billion.

The book’s subtitle, “How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum,” hints at the scope of Ethereum’s ambitions. Russo’s history explores how Ethereum has evolved the Bitcoin concept of peer-to-peer money, to be the peer-to-peer of everything; the base layer for developers to build whatever application they could imagine, including issuing their own cryptocurrency.

To research the book, Russo made a pilgrimage to Zug in Switzerland, to “the spaceship,” a large, “odd-looking, modern house,” with an elevator, in the middle of the woods just outside the town, from where the Ethereum platform was hatched.

At the root of the young founder’s success, Russo believes, are his youth and the simple fact that Ethereum was such a brilliant idea. Vitalik actually has very transparent intentions, which are always for Ethereum, says Russo.

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