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How Vitalik Buterin chose the name for Ethereum

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According to Camilla Russo, a former Bloomberg journalist and founder of the news platform The Defiant, Vitalik Buterin was inspired by medieval scientific theory when he chose the name for the network and the Ethereum cryptocurrency.

In her 2020 book Infinite Machine, Russo said that Buterin, while creating Ethereum in 2013, came across the word Ethereum on Wikipedia and remembered a book he read as a child. The word “ether” has several meanings. According to one of them, the ether is a hypothetical all-pervading medium, the vibrations of which manifest themselves as electromagnetic waves. In the 19th century, scientists assumed that the ether was weightless, transparent, frictionless, undetectable, chemically or physically, and permeated all matter and space.

Vitalik wanted his platform to be a weighty and invisible environment for every application. This is how medieval scholars described the ether. Besides, the word sounded good.

Camilla Russo

Recently, Vitalik Buterin burned 90% of the Shiba Inu tokens that were stored in his wallet, and also spent $ 1.5 billion on charity.

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