de Moivre, Abraham

de Moivre, Abraham:

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, 1667–1754, French-English mathematician. He fled to England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He was called upon by the Royal Society to help decide the issue between Newton and Leibniz on the priority of the invention of the differential
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De Moivre, Abraham


Born May 26, 1667, in Vitry-Ie-FranÇois; died Nov. 27, 1754, in London. British mathematician of French extraction. Member of the Royal Society of London (1697) and of the Paris and Berlin academies of sciences.

De Moivre devised a rule for raising a complex number to the nth power and for extracting the nth root of a complex number; this rule is known as De Moivre’s theorem. He studied power series, calling them recurrent series. He was the first to use the process of raising infinite series to a power. De Moivre and J. Stirling found an asymptotic representation of n!, now called Stirling’s formula. In probability theory, De Moivre proved a particular case of the Laplace theorem.


Cantor, M. Vorlesungen über Geschichte der Mathematik, 2nd ed., vol. 3. Leipzig, 1901.
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