Increase Mather (1639-1723) is best known as a clergyman and leading theologian in colonial New England, the father of Cotton Mather. He was also an avid avocational astronomer and promoter of science in the colonies. He was the primary founder of the Philosophical Society and one of the first presidents of Harvard, when that school was still sound and zealous in the Christian faith. He diligently studied comets and wrote a number of monographs on them.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1985 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.