Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Olaoluwa “roasbeef” Osuntokun, René Pickhardt Announce New Book ‘Mastering the Lightning Network

August 28, 2019 — Denver, CO — Best-selling author, prolific public speaker, and open blockchains expert Andreas M. Antonopoulos; co-founder and CTO of Lightning Labs and the lead developer of lnd Olaoluwa “roasbeef” Osuntokun; and data science consultant, educator, and independent Lightning Network Protocol contributor René Pickhardt announced that they will be authoring a new book today, Mastering the Lightning Network.

Says Andreas:

“Since I was first involved in bitcoin and open blockchains, my focus has been on providing useful, neutral, practical and accessible education. I’m very excited about the Lightning Network and want to share that excitement and knowledge with as many people as possible.”

Says Olaoluwa:

“Up and coming engineers cite Mastering Bitcoin as the breakthrough book that presented the internals of Bitcoin in a clear and cogent manner. I’m excited to work with my co-authors and the community to produce a comparable introduction to the Lightning Network.”

The authors made the announcement together onstage at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver and called for the community to contribute. All three are teaching at the C4 educational event this week, and Pickhardt and Osuntokun’s teaching sessions are focused on the Lightning Network. The book will be published with O’Reilly Media.

Says René:

“When I started to work on the Lightning Network I realized right away even developers are often lacking a good understanding of how the Lightning Network works. I believe we need high quality educational materials to grow adoption of the Lightning Network and consequently bitcoin.”

The authors have created a Github repository for those interested in contributing to the upcoming book, and also a website where individuals can register to learn more about release plans for Mastering the Lightning Network.

More About Andreas

Known internationally as a prolific public speaker, Andreas M. Antonopoulos is also a best-selling author. His published books include Mastering Bitcoin, a technical text published by O’Reilly Media that explains how Bitcoin works; The Internet of Money Series, which is a written collection of his talks that explain why Bitcoin and open blockchains matter; and his most recent work, Mastering Ethereum, that explains how Ethereum works. Andreas has also authored 200+ articles syndicated worldwide, is a regular co-host of the Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast, has over 300+ free hours of educational content on his YouTube channel, and is a teaching fellow at the University of Nicosia. Learn more about Andreas on his website.

More About Olaoluwa

Olaoluwa “roasbeef” Osuntokun is the co-founder and CTO of Lightning Labs, and also the lead developer of lnd, one of the main implementations of Lightning. He received his B.S and M.S in Computer Science from UCSB and was a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2019. During his graduate studies he focused on the field of applied cryptography, specifically encrypted search. Olaoluwa has been an active Bitcoin developer for over 4 years, and is an author of several BIPs (BIP 157+158). These days, his primary focus lies in building, designing, and evolving private, scalable off-chain blockchain protocols, such as Lightning. Learn more about Olaoluwa here.

More About René

René Pickhardt is a self employed Data Science Consultant who has studied Mathematics, Physics and Chinese. After becoming aware of the Lightning Network in 2017 as the scaling solution to blockchain technologies and getting convinced that it is a viable solution, he became an independent contributor to the Lightning Network Protocol in his free time. He has created the award winning lib_autopilot.py – a recommendation engine for nodes to automatically create channels. He also came up with the Just In Time Routing Algorithm (JIT-Routing) to increase the reliability of payments. He is running a Youtube channel dedicated specifically to educate developers and enthusiasts about the Lightning Network. Learn more about René on his website.