Ten years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper that laid the foundation for Bitcoin and forged the path for the cryptocurrency world we know and today.
The white paper, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” described Bitcoin as a revolutionary technology that created the world’s first genuine peer-to-peer and decentralized monetary system. Initially distributed to the subscribers of a cryptography mailing list, Satoshi’s White Paper instantly gained a lot of attention – the rest is history.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Satoshi’s masterpiece, today, Ledger is proud to announce the release of the second limited edition Ledger Nano S: The Ledger Nano S – White Paper Edition.
The Ledger Nano S – White Paper Edition is artfully crafted to pay homage to this iconic date, with its white casing and custom engravement. Assembled with love by the Ledger team in our Vierzon workshop, it offers the same uncompromising security features as our standard device, and comes with a made-for-the-occasion box. There are a total of 5,000 units made of this limited edition.
The Ledger Nano S – White Paper Edition is the second limited edition we have launched, the first being the Bitcoin Pizza Day edition in May. This was done to commemorate the day where Laszlo Hanyesz purchased two pizzas for 10,000 Bitcoin – nowadays having an incredible value of over $60m USD. Today, the 10 year anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper, was equally a day that we could not ignore. This day is what many consider to be the birth of the Bitcoin.
Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym created as an alter-ego in order to avoid mediatic exposure of their authors. While we honor its creator today, there are also many others through the course of history who proved vital for the birth of the Bitcoin. Our special White Paper Edition box equally praises various figures that have paved the way in building our crypto community including – meet the Ledger Nano S – White Paper Edition’s crypto band:
Al Khwarizmi (780-850): Persian scholar
Persian scholar. Often quoted as the father of algebra, he proposed the first systematic solution of linear and quadratic equations. His name, latinized as Algorithm, gave rise to the word we all know now.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): English Mathematician.
Considered to have invented the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine, and thus, to be the first computer programmer.
Alan Turing (1912-1954): English Scientist & Cryptanalyst
Contributed significantly to the development of computer science and AI, by formalizing the concepts of algorithm and computation with his Turing machine.
Grace Hopper (1906-1992): American Computer Scientist & U.S. Navy Rear Admiral.
Invented one of the first compiler-related tools and spread the idea of machine-independent programming languages, leading to the development of COBOL, which is still in use today.
Claude Shannon (1916-2001): American Mathematician and Cryptographer
Known as “the father of information theory” he laid the foundations of digital circuit design theory by explaining the use of Boolean algebra to analyse electric signals.
Dorothy Vaughan (1910-2008): American Mathematician
A human computer who worked for NASA. First African-American woman supervisor at the Langley Research Center. Through her career, she specialized in calculation and FORTRAN computer programming.
Hal Finney (1956-2014): American Developer and Early Bitcoin User.
Known to have received the first bitcoin transaction from Satoshi Nakamoto himself in January 2009.
Whitfield Diffie: American Cryptographer, Pioneer of Public-key Cryptography.
The Diffie–Hellman key exchange technique introduced a new method of keys distribution, solving a fundamental problem in cryptography.
Gregory Maxwell: Bitcoin Core Developer, Co-Founder and Former CTO of Blockstream.
One of the main Bitcoin and blockchain experts, he contributed to many widely-used techniques in this field, and is an active reviewer of cryptographic protocol initiatives.
This 10 year anniversary of Satoshi Nakamoto’s whitepaper is a day to reflect how far we’ve come, and we at Ledger are proud to celebrate the milestones that shaped our community’s history. We hope you will enjoy this product, and we can’t wait to see how the world of cryptocurrencies will continue to develop.