Abraham de Moivre

French mathematician

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.

Abraham de Moivre
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Abraham de Moivre
Born26 May 1667
Died27 November 1753 (aged 86)
Alma materAcademy of Saumur
Collège de Harcourt
Known forDe Moivre's formula
Theorem of de Moivre–Laplace
Scientific career
Academic advisorsJacques Ozanam
InfluencesIsaac Newton

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.