Abraham de Moivre

Abraham de Moivre (French pronunciation: [abʁaam də mwavʁ]; 26 May 1667  27 November 1754) was a French mathematician known for de Moivre's formula, a formula that links complex numbers and trigonometry, and for his work on the normal distribution and probability theory.

Abraham de Moivre
Born(1667-05-26)26 May 1667
Died27 November 1754(1754-11-27) (aged 87)
London, England
Alma materAcademy of Saumur
Collège d'Harcourt [fr]
Known forDe Moivre's formula
De Moivre's law
De Moivre's martingale
De Moivre–Laplace theorem
Inclusion–exclusion principle
Generating function
Scientific career
InfluencesIsaac Newton

He moved to England at a young age due to the religious persecution of Huguenots in France which began in 1685.[1] He was a friend of Isaac Newton, Edmond 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. He also was the first to postulate the central limit theorem, a cornerstone of probability theory.

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