See also:English mathematician of French extraction, was
See also:born at Vitry, in
See also:Champagne, on the 26th of May 1667 . He belonged to a French
See also:family, and was compelled to take
See also:refuge in England at the revocation of the edict of Nantes, in 1685 . Having laid the foundation of his mathematical studies in France, he prosecuted them further in
See also:London, where he read public lectures on natural philosophy for his support . The Principia mathematica of
See also:Sir Isaac
See also:Newton, which
See also:chance threw in his way, caused him to prosecute his studies with vigour, and he soon became distinguished among first-
See also:rate mathematicians . He was among the intimate
See also:personal friends of Newton, and his
See also:eminence and abilities secured his
See also:admission into the Royal Society of London in 1697, and after-wards into the
See also:Academies of Berlin and
See also:Paris . His merit was so well known and acknowledged by the Royal Society that they judged him a
See also:person to decide the famous contest between Newton and G . W . Leibnitz (see INFINITESIMAL CALCULUS) . The
See also:life of
See also:Demoivre was quiet and uneventful . His old age was spent in obscure poverty, his friends and associates having nearly all passed away before him . He died at London, on the 27th of
See also:November 1754 . The 1-hilosophical Transactions contain several of his papers .
He also published some excellent
See also:works, such as Miscellanea analytica de seriebus et quadraturis (1930), in 4to . This contained some elegant and valuable improvements on then existing methods, which have themselves, however, long been superseded . But he has been more generally known by his
See also:Doctrine of Chances, or Method of Calculating the Probabilities of Events at
See also:Play . This
See also:work was first printed in 1618, in 4to, and dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton . It was reprinted in 1738, with
See also:great alterations and improvements; and a third edition was afterwards published with additions in 1756 . He also published a
See also:Treatise on Annuities (1725), which has passed through several revised and corrected
See also:editions .. See C . Hutton, Mathematicl and Philosophical
See also:Dictionary (1815) . For Demoivre's Theorem see TRIGONOMETRY:
See also:Analytical .
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