Abraham de Moivre

Mathematician, Academic

1667 – 1754

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Who was Abraham de Moivre?

Abraham de Moivre was a French mathematician known for de Moivre's formula, one of those that link complex numbers and trigonometry, and for his work on the normal distribution and probability theory. He was a friend of Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, and James Stirling. Among his fellow Huguenot exiles in England, he was a colleague of the editor and translator Pierre des Maizeaux.

De Moivre wrote a book on probability theory, The Doctrine of Chances, said to have been prized by gamblers. De Moivre first discovered Binet's formula, the closed-form expression for Fibonacci numbers linking the nth power of the golden ratio φ to the nth Fibonacci number.

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Born
May 26, 1667
Vitry-le-François
Also known as
  • Abraham Demoivre
Religion
  • Calvinism
Nationality
  • France
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Academy of Saumur
Lived in
  • Champagne-Ardenne
  • England
Died
Nov 27, 1754
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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