I would like to mine bitcoin on a laptop, the aim is not to turn a profit but rather learn how mining works without spending money on an ASIC and electricity. I thought about buying a cheap low TH/s used ASIC but I am concerned that I will purchase a faulty one. Also I will be mining at home so think an ASIC will be too noisy. I also was planning to try and use the waste heat to off set my home heating but after some research it all seems to expensive and risky for what will essential be a learning experience.
So my question is can I mine bitcoin on a laptop? I'm not worried about turning a profit, just would like to understand how it all works. Could I download bitcoin core, run a full node and let it hash away with a near zero chance of winning the block reward but happy in the knowledge I've gone through the process and learnt plenty along the way?