Ada (ADA) is a native cryptocurrency that runs on Cardano, a third- generation, decentralized public blockchain that aims to protect user privacy, while remaining flexible for regulation. Cardano is spearheaded by Charles Hoskinson who began in crypto with his course Bitcoin or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Crypto. He subsequently went on to be a co-founder of BitShares and Ethereum before co-founding Cardano in 2015. Cardano is named after Gerolamo Cardano, an influential mathematician in the Renaissance. The platform aims to solve three issues with traditional cryptocurrencies: Sustainability, Scalability & Interoperability.
This book is mainly for Cardano newcomers. It does not go deep into the weeds of the technical research papers, nor explore concepts in great detail.
The goal is to give a broad overview of Cardano with explainers throughout and Charles Hoskinson quotes where relevant. For common questions, see the FAQ. The book has been reviewed by NY Times best selling author Joe Nassise as well as Irish Tech News. Cardano Ambassador, Stephanie King, has organised several read-alongs of each chapter. The most recent article is from BlockLeaders (January 2024). See more feedback about the book from twitter on the reviews page.