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Mathematical Treasure: De Moivre’s Annuities on Lives

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Abraham de Moivre (1667-1754) was born in France but did most of his work as a mathematician in England. Extremely versatile in his contributions to mathematics, he first published his Annuities on Lives in 1725. Here are excerpts from the fourth edition of 1752.

A consideration of annuity problems from page 27

A “Table of Values” for an annuity growing at the rate of 3% per annum.

This material is obtained through the courtesy of the Peabody Library of Johns Hopkins University.

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: De Moivre’s Annuities on Lives," Convergence (July 2016)

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