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A History of the Doctrine of Comets. A Paper Read before the American Historical Association at Its Second Annual Meeting, Saratoga, September 10, 1885. An Extract from Papers of the American Historical Association. Vol. II, No. 2, 1887.

White, Andrew D.-

Published by New York. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1887., 1887
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First Edition. Pages 43 pp.8vo. Printed paper wraps. First Edition. A fascinating lecture by the president of the American Historical Association on the history of the struggle between scientific and theological doctrine concerning the nature of comets. It reviews the "passage from the conception of them as fire-balls flung by an angry God for the purpose of scaring a wicked world, to their recognition as natural in origin and obedient to law in movement." A wonderfully documented element of intellectual history encompassing the early views of astronomical events and the change in ideas about them through the ages. In America, these changes came somewhat abruptly in the contrast between the theological views of Increase Mather and the new scientific understanding of his son, Cotton Mather, in the early 18th century. The roles of Tycho Brahe, Keppler and Halley, among many others, are documented, until the conviction that came from accurate scientific prediction, for a comet, by Clairaut. Tucked in is a publishers sheet advertising a new Introduction to the Scriptures by Bartlett & Peters. Front cover soiled. Linen tape reinforcement to spine. Edges chipped without encroaching on text. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 9279

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Title: A History of the Doctrine of Comets. A Paper...

Publisher: New York. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1887.

Publication Date: 1887

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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