So. You know what a Bitcoin actually is. Now you want to get your hands on one.
No problem. Well, one problem: even a single bitcoin costs quite a bit of money (currently $809).
While you could go somewhere like bitbargain.co.uk to buy a fraction of a bitcoin, the more tech-savvy might be interested in trying their hand at mining it.
Mining is essentially a process of solving a series of increasingly difficult mathematical equations. Solving the current equation is rewarded with the release of a block of bitcoins – currently 50.