Abraham de Moivre (May 26, 1667 - November 27, 1754), was a French mathematician famous for de Moivre's formula, which links complex numbers and trigonometry, and for his work on the normal distribution and probability theory. He was a good friend of Isaac Newton. He fled France and went to England to escape the persecution of Protestants. In England he wrote a book on probability theory, titled The Doctrine of Chances.

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