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|Genre/Form:||Early works to 1800|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Cotton Mather; Winton U Solberg
|Description:||cxlii, 488 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Cotton Mather ; edited, with an introduction and notes, by Winton U. Solberg.|
Winton Solberg's introduction places Mather's treatise in its widest historical context. In addition to tracing the origins and sources of Mather's work, Solberg analyzes the book's contents, its reception, and its significance in American intellectual and cultural history.
This edition returns Mather to his rightful place in American thought, as a deeply religious intellectual whose warm reception of the new science helped bridge the gap between the medieval worldview and the scientific revolution of Copernicus and Newton.