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[Lecture Series FS22] Transaction Dynamics of Blockchain and Predictable Bitcoin Bubbles


Prof. Didier Sornette (ETH Zurich)


Prof. Didier Sornette will present empirical and theoretical results on:

  1. bubble dynamics and what we can learn from them [1,2]
  2. the aging dynamics of bitcoin transactions and prices
  3. The social bubble hypothesis applied to Bitcoin [3]
  4. The question whether cryptocurrencies will replace fiat money? [4].


[1] Spencer Wheatley, Didier Sornette, Max Reppen, Tobias Huber and Robert N. Gantner, Are Bitcoin Bubbles Predictable? Combining a Generalised Metcalfe’s Law and the LPPLS Model, Royal Society Open Science 6, 180538,, pages 1-13 (2019) Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 18-22. (Available at SSRN: )
[2] J.-C. Gerlach, G. Demos and D. Sornette, Dissection of Bitcoin’s Multiscale Bubble History from January 2012 to February 2018, Royal Society Open Science 6, 180643 (2019).( ) (
[3] Tobias A. Huber and Didier Sornette, Boom, Bust, and Bitcoin: Bitcoin-Bubbles As Innovation Accelerators, Journal of Economic Issues 61(1), (March 2022).
[4] Richard Senner and Didier Sornette, The Holy Grail of Crypto Currencies: Ready to replace fiat money? Journal of Economic Issues 53 (4), 966-1000 (2019) (


Tuesday, 29 Mar. 2022

18:00 – 20:00

Online via Zoom

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Prof. Didier Sornette

Prof. Didier Sornette is the professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks, Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-​MTEC)
ETH Zurich. Didier is also

  1. Director of the Financial Crisis Observatory (
  2. Co-​founder of the ETH Risk Center (
  3. Member of the Swiss Finance Institute (http://www.swissfinanceinstitute.chcall_made)
  4. associated with the Department of Physics (D-​PHYS), ETH Zurich (
  5. associated with the Department of Earth Sciences (D-​ERDW), ETH Zurich (


Time Speaker Event Title Presentations
18:00 -18:15Welcome & Introduction (#SBHACK21)
18:15 -19:00Prof. Didier SornetteTransaction Dynamics of Blockchain and Predictable Bitcoin Bubbles
19:00 -19:30Q&A
19:30 -20:00e-Apéro