Seminar: Mathematical Literacy: Cryptocurrencies, SS 2019
Prof. Dr. Clara Löh
Dr. Florian Strunk
The schedule is now available.
The organisational meeting for this seminar will be on Wednesday, February 6, at 13:15
(M 311). Alternatively, you can register for this seminar by sending an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The talks are distributed and all registered participants should have received an email.
The Templates for reports/handouts are online (see below);
of course, you can also produce the report/handout by other means.
This seminar will be held in English. The written report
can be submitted in English or German. The handouts should be in English.
Seminar: Mathematical Literacy: Cryptocurrencies
Methods from distributed computing and cryptography allow
to build decentralised, digital, currencies (such as Bitcoin
and many others). More generally, one can use the same
technology to set up a decentral system of smart contracts.
The goal of this seminar is to understand these concepts.
More precisely, we will study the foundations from distributed
computing and cryptography needed to understand the blockchain
concept, the construction of cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts.
In particular, we will discuss correctness, fault tolerance,
efficiency, and security of distributed algorithms and we will
also prove that certain distributed problems are unsolvable.
Moreover, we will compare different types and specifications of
This seminar will only focus on mathematical aspects, not on
economic, legal, or social aspects. This seminar is about the
principles of this technology and no endorsement of any kind.
Wednesday, 8:30--10:00, M 102
Analysis I/II, Linear Algebra I/II; Algebra;
no previous knowledge in computer science is necessary, but it is certainly
helpful to have some familiarity with the concept of algorithm (as, e.g., explained
in the Numerik course).
This seminar is suitable for Bachelor/Master students and
Lehramtsstudenten. For Lehramtsstudenten, this seminar could be the
starting point for a project under my supervision.
See the commented list of courses.
Last Change: March 18, 2019.