Abraham de Moivre

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Abraham de Moivre
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Abraham de Moivre
Born26 May 1667
Vitry-le-François, Champagne, France
Died27 November 1754(1754-11-27) (aged 87)
London, England
ResidenceEngland
NationalityFrench
Alma materAcademy of Saumur
Collège de Harcourt
Known forDe Moivre's formula
Theorem of de Moivre–Laplace
Scientific career
Fieldsmathematician
Academic advisorsJacques Ozanam
InfluencesIsaac Newton

Abraham de Moivre was a French mathematician. He is known for his works on probability theory. He also did a lot of research in trigonometry.De Moivre's formula connects complex numbers and trigonometry. As he was a Huguenot, he was forced to emigrate to England. 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.