Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was a Puritan minister who played a leading role in the notorious Salem witch trials of 1692.>What is not generally known, is that Mather played a part in the development of innoculation as a means of fighting infections (a).<
While the name ‘America’ is generally accepted to be derived from Amerigo Vespucci, the title ‘Americans’ used to describe the citizens of the United States, is sometimes attributed to the prolific Cotton Mather.
In 1721, Mather published The Christian Philosopher, which has been described as the first comprehensive book on science to be written by an American. In it he wrote “I know not what we shall think of the huge Atlantis, mentioned by Plato, now at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.”[1415.109]
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