A Decomposition Of The Bitcoin Block Header

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block header

The Bitcoin block header contains important information inside the block. These are divided into 6 fields which provide details of the block summary. Aside from the block header, there are the transactions and the coinbase field which are separate parts of the block. Each block header is unique and cryptographically secured, which is what gives it the property of immutability. The block headers are serialized with a total length of 80 bytes. It is then hashed as part of the Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm that is used when mining for Bitcoin. During that process, the serialized header becomes part of the consensus rules which miners must follow as part of the…...

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vincenttabora I am a network engineer and technology writer, with a deep focus in blockchain and machine learning technology. I have extensive experience in the IT industry developing and implementing solutions in various industries. I eventually became more interested in blockchain due to the rise in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. I realized that it was not about speculating on price value, it is a disruption in the finance industry. At the moment I like to educate about the significance of cryptocurrency, which I feel has great potential to drive innovation not just in financial systems, but even in settlements and trust.