de Moivre’s Shortcut

Abraham de Moivre was born in France in 1667, a year after the Great Fire in London. de Moivre arrived in London in the late 1680s. Leading up to his emigration, life in France for Huguenots, i.e. French Protestants, was growing ever more uncomfortable. As Louis XIV consolidated power, he grew to see religious tolerance as a … Continue reading de Moivre’s Shortcut

Euler’s Formula

Austin TX 2013/06/16 This post and the previous are sort of farewell gifts to my students who just finished their first year studying calculus. I love creating lectures (as you might imagine), but they hungered for something else. They challenged, inspired, and reminded me what I love about teaching. For me, the gift of teaching is … Continue reading Euler’s Formula