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