Blockchain, still a very boring topic for some of us. Isn’t it? Especially for science scholars. There is a simple fundamental behind their beliefs and ‘not so interested’ classification. They believe in ‘actual’ and ‘touchable’ more. A considerable percentage, according to me, the ‘progressive’ one, has been changing that definition, however, lately.
There was a time when I use to get examples from the life ‘outside school’, from some of my adorable teachers, to get to understand the laws of physics better. As my physics teacher had explained the ‘Archimedes law’ by practically putting a small iron sphere in water, to explain how it sinks, and a ship that weighs tons, doesn’t, because the mass of water replaced by the drowning part, of the object has to be more than the weight of the whole object, to make it float on the water. We understood that like any simple thing and remember it still. Now with the help of this article, I am trying to make the science scholars understand well, what blockchain is and how has its history been affecting the world so far, by relating it with Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Starting with Newton’s first law. “The Law of Inertia”. It states that any object will remain in motion if it’s moving, or will remain stagnant and steady if it’s steady until an external force is applied to it to stop it or to make it move, respectively. How we are comprehending it today, is going to be a bit interesting.
When Nakamoto had a thought about cryptography, which was existent since ‘dinosaur’s reign’… indeed it has been, considering the ‘blockchain’s age’ and pace of evolution. He took references from various sources to collect all at one place to re-invent and design the concept for some new happening in the world of computer sciences and transactions at one place. His references were wild and from almost irrelevant to each other if one has a slight glance at them. Just have a look at them:
 W. Dai, “b-money,” http://www.weidai.com/bmoney.txt, 1998.
 H. Massias, X.S. Avila, and J.-J. Quisquater, “Design of a secure timestamping service with minimal trust requirements,” In 20th Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux, May 1999.
 S. Haber, W.S. Stornetta, “How to timestamp a digital document,” In Journal of Cryptology, vol 3, no 2, pages 99–111, 1991.
 D. Bayer, S. Haber, W.S. Stornetta, “Improving the efficiency and reliability of digital time-stamping,” In Sequences II: Methods in Communication, Security, and Computer Science, pages 329–334, 1993.
 S. Haber, W.S. Stornetta, “Secure names for bit-strings,” In Proceedings of the 4th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, pages 28–35, April 1997.
 A. Back, “Hashcash — a denial of service counter-measure,” http://www.hashcash.org/papers/hashcash.pdf, 2002.
 R.C. Merkle, “Protocols for public key cryptosystems,” In Proc. 1980 Symposium on Security and Privacy, IEEE Computer Society, pages 122–133, April 1980.
 W. Feller, “An introduction to probability theory and its applications,” 1957.
Now, before the ‘bitcoin whitepaper’ happened, the world was moving on a stable, undisturbed and focused to be like that pace, and it would have remained like that, if Nakamoto would not have introduced that ‘external force’ to push it, and would not have added the fundamentals of ‘flash fast international transactions(at least compared to what they use to be, back then)’, a peer-to-peer, decentralised ledger to be controlled by none centralised authority. All these measures and parameters had pushed the world of banking, transactions, and computing, to a new pace, the ‘velocity’ of technology related to the blockchain and cryptography combined got escalated to new and unimagined heights. This is how the first law of Newton comes into the picture to understand the initial phase of Blockchain.
This is a bit tricky to explain the three laws, as a ‘sequence’ of the blockchain happenings. Now, this would be the only irrelevant and ‘game’ part of the concept of comparison. I am sure there was some reason, behind why we call these laws of motion as ‘first, Second and third’, but trust me, even if they would have gotten their places in the list interchanged, I would have found some or other way to relate those ‘interchanged laws’ with the blockchain happening sequence. You may explore those different ways and the probable explanations later, once you would understand the blockchain in a correct way. For people who are aware of the blockchain and all about it, in and out, they could continue just for a new perspective and enjoyment.
In the second law of motion, please accept my apologies for not including ‘variable mass systems’, as we are only talking about what Newton stated. In an article soon, where I will be comparing relative theories of physics on a diversified scale, eventually, I will be switching to chemistry too. I have already talked about ‘Origins of Species’ in one of my earlier articles although, still I would love to establish and exhibit more relative principles between biological theories and applications with the blockchain.
Newton’s law is applicable where mass is constant. However, there comes a ‘differentiation’, the constant factor rule comes in picture. About the ‘uniform circular motion’, and the ‘momentum conservation’, along with the ‘impulse’ factors, affecting, re-defining and elaborating the ‘third law of Newton’ to more and versatile scenarios, we certainly will discuss all those paradigms of the motion’s second law. With the variable-mass system, and how it does not respect the Galilean invariance. How could one derive the equation of motion for a varying mass system, and about the ‘Tsiolkovsky rocket equation’ too.
‘The second law of motion by Newton’ states that the rate of change of momentum of a body is directly proportional to the force applied, and this change in momentum takes place in the direction of the applied force. In easy and comprehensive language, it states that the force on a moving object is a product of its mass, and the acceleration it has. The combined contribution of the Bitcoin traders and miners, (mass = miners, acceleration = traders) gave the overall thought and idea, an imaginary force to move with and to work towards the acceleration and versatile wide spreading idea of cryptocurrency. The two laws of motion, so far have stated that apparent, that the Blockchain was not just a thing to be discussed and it has potential capability of changing the world, and the ‘prehistoric’ slow and expensive banking systems for the world, along with it.
The third law of motion is the law of ‘action-reaction’. As it is popularly known as. So if we talk about blockchain, people knew ‘Bitcoin’ to be representing the ‘Blockchain’ and that remained like it until ‘ETHEREUM’ came into the picture. So the ‘Third law of motion’ states that every object which exerts a force on some other object gets the same intensity of force in return from that object. This ‘equal and opposite’ force concept, if we define it in those terms, comes in two different ways here.
1) For the Bitcoin — when bitcoin challenged the age-old banking systems by showing how low that system had been, when it comes to functionality and utility, and the world started accepting it eventually, an equal and opposite force started from different corners of the world, stating the Bitcoin being another hoax and fluke, stating that it is just something very volatile and not ‘forever’. It has so many flaws and it could never become a substitute for the banking system and it would never be considered as a currency anywhere. All that ‘opposite force’ however was practically ignored and didn’t matter to the ‘Brave New World’ anyway.
2) For the Blockchain — when the ‘Bitcoin’ exerted a lot of pressure on the blockchain and the usage of Bitcoin grew like ‘hydra’, in almost no time, the ‘equal and opposite’ force from the Blockchain got exerted and ‘ETHEREUM’ happened. This new force soon had shown that it had the potential to overcome all the ‘lackings and drawbacks’ of the earlier versions. It had also opened the doors for an all-new dimension, people were not known of.
There is this ‘normal world’ we live in. There is this ‘another’ world of ‘Brave’ people and ‘extraordinary individuals’. They are not the leaders always, but when one of them decides and acts to lead and take us to those ‘new dimensions’, we get to know about something which could be a ‘life-changing’ event or a series of such events.
Be it Newton, Nakamoto or Vitalik, my personal opinion is, they all are from that ‘not so apparent’ and discussed ‘Brave New World’. They decided and acted, and we love to talk about them a lot, it always creates a new ‘learning experience’ when we talk about them and talk about what they did and how. In next endeavor of mine, that will certainly be targeting towards the same thing, ‘Trying to connect the concept of blockchain with anyone and everyone’, I will probably be talking about physics and Biology again.
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