Welcome to Byron Coin

Introduction & History

Our intention is to start a coin, where everything should be directed to the project, from our logo to our name.

Nothing better than giving it the name that entered world history, as the first person to program in the world. And as incredible as it may seem, she was a woman whose name was ADA BYRON KING.

Today she is mainly recognized for writing the first algorithm processed by a machine,

Charles Babbage's analytical machine. During the time she was involved with Babbage's project, she developed algorithms that would allow the machine to calculate the values of mathematical functions and publish a collection of notes about the analytical machine. For this work, she is considered the first programmer in all history.

We want to make it clear that Ada was our preferred name, but since it is already Cardano ticker, we prefer to use Ada's last name (Byron King), which was also her son's first name (Byron King-Noel).

Ada Byron, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, was born in December of 1815, and one month later her mother in a bitter and celebrated separation, left the "mad and bad" Byron and took Ada with her.

Ada was educated at home by governesses and tutors hired by her mother. The Lady Byron strongly believed in mathematics as a discipline of the mind and saw to it that Ada was well grounded in this subject. She felt that it would be a way to provide a stable mental state and a good antidote to the "heedlessness, imprudence, vanity, prevarication and conceit" that Ada was bound to have inherited from her immoral father.

One of her tutors was William Frend, a mathematician who didn't believe in negative numbers; another was Augustus DeMorgan, the great English logician. In 1830, when she was 15, Ada met Mary Fairfax Somerville, a well known female mathematician from Scotland. Mary had two daughters the same age as Ada, and the four women, Ada, Mary and her daughters, attended geography lectures at the University of London. (It seems that the mathematician, Charles Babbage, had persuaded the university to allow women to attend lectures in 1830, a privilege which was rescinded within a year). Ada corresponded with Mary Somerville on mathematical topics for the next twenty years, until Ada's death.

During her teenage years, Ada was a member of the bluestockings, a group of ladies that visited together, holding conversations, and literary discussions. They often invited learned men to their gatherings, which were meant to replace frivolous social evenings with something more intellectual. They would sometimes visit museums or residences of well known scientists, and it was during one of these visits that Ada actually got to meet Charles Babbage.

Babbage had built a calculating machine, called the "Difference Engine". This machine could be used to determine the polynomial equation for a table of given data. He had a model of his difference engine, as well as some other mechanical devices on display in his home in London. In addition, he had displayed his preliminary plans for a much more sophisticated machine, which he called the "Analytic Engine". Ada was fascinated by these machines, but she was particularly interested in the plans for the Analytic Engine, what's more, she immediately understood how these machines would work. Babbage was very impressed with this young girl's quick grasp of the basic concept of the calculating machines and, thus, began a nine year long collaboration on the world's first computer.

While Babbage continued to tinker with his two machines, the difference engine, and the plans for the analytic engine (which he was never able to build), Ada grew up, got married (in 1835) and had three children (in 1836, 1837 and 1839). Ada's husband Lord William King, became the Earl of Lovelace in 1838. So now the person corresponding with Babbage about his computing machines was no longer Ada Byron, but rather Augusta Ada Lovelace (or A.A.L. as she was to become known).

Babbage had gotten government support for the difference engine, and he was supposed to use it to produce a table of trigonometric values for the British Navy to use for navigation, a task he never carried out. Instead, he spent all of the government grant trying to get materials and tools for building the analytic engine . Babbage had an abrasive personality and alienated everyone who could help him.

In scholarly circles, however, his ideas were in demand. In 1840, he was invited to lecture on his plans for the analytic engine to a group of scientists at the University of Turin in Italy. It was through this series of lectures, and by a circuitous route, that Ada made her contribution to mathematics. These lectures were written-up by a young Italian military engineer, Luigi Menabrea. He had them published, in French, in the Bibliotheque Universelle de Geneve in 1842; then Ada translated this article into English in 1843.

But she did much more than translate the article. She added her own notes, which became more significant, mathematically, than the original article itself. In these notes she outlined the fundamental concepts of computer programming, and she described the main elements that would be needed in any computer language.