High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Willem Jacob 's Gravesande (26 September 1688 28 February 1742) was a Dutch philosopher and mathematicianBorn in 's-Hertogenbosch, he studied law in Leiden, and wrote a thesis on suicide. HE was praised by John Bernoulli, when he published his book Essai de perspective. IN 1715 he visited London and King George I. HE became a member of the Royal Society. IN 1717 he became professor in physics and astronomy in Leiden, and introduced the works of his friend Newton in the Netherlands. HE opposed fatalists like Hobbes and Spinoza. IN 1724 Peter the Great offered him a job in Saint Petersburg, but Willem Jacob did not accept.