An introduction to the history of Western astronomy from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid nineteenth century. Emphasis is given to such topics as the merging of Babylonian and Greek astronomy in later Antiquity, Kepler's conversion of astronomy into a branch of dynamics, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.
1. The Sky in Prehistory; 2. Astronomy in Antiquity; 3. Astronomy in Middle Ages; 4. Astronomy Transformed; 5. Astronomy in the Age of Newton; 6. Exploring the Universe of Stars; Epilogue; Further Reading
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