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Preface 1. Astronomy before history Clive Ruggles and Michael Hoskin 2 Astronomy in antiquity Michael Hoskin 3. Astronomy in China Christopher Cullen 4. Islamic astronomy Michael Hoskin and Owen Gingerich 5. The Astrolabe Michael Hoskin 6. Medieval Latin astronomy Michael Hoskin and Owen Gingerich 7. From geometry to physics: astronomy transformed Michael Hoskin 8. The refracting telescope in the seventeenth century J. A. Bennett 9. Newton and Newtonianism Michael Hoskin 10. The astronomy of the universe of stars Michael Hoskin 11. The message of starlight: the rise of astrophysics David Dewhirst and Michael Hoskin 12. Astronomy's widening horizons Michael Hoskin and Owen Gingerich Reference Guide Chronology Glossary Further reading Picture acknowledgments Index.