Philosophy Of The Cosmos - Reading
1. Required readings for this course are on the Wattle site, and also at http://bunny.xeny.net/POTC/required-reading

2. Below are some supplementary, optional readings which we particularly recommend for some topics (especially quantum mechanics).

You can add to this list!

Citations for the required readings (and some of the optional readings) are at Philosophy of the Cosmos - Reading Citations.

You can also give us feedback. E.g.: at the moment these links are not in the same order as the lectures. Does anybody care?

Jason




Dictionaries and encyclopedias









General philosophy of science


"Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy" by Steven French: a really good book, by a philosopher who knows more physics than most physicists!




Particularly recommended (but optional) reading for quantum mechanics









A non-fiction version of the reverse-entropy star thought experiment



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Other reading


The large-scale structure of the universe


On cosmology and particle physics, which turn out to be linked in strange ways



A great introduction to Special Relativity, with links to notes and examples

(by Joe Wolfe, UNSW)

More on the arrow of time in Cosmology


Video dialogue on the big bang, expansion and multiverses



On dark matter


On anomalies


On the history of astronomy


On large numbers


Yet more on quantum theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-slit_experiment##Quantum_version_of_experiment

On extrasolar planets


On causation

from Outline of Philosophy, chapter 11
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1927
http://apache.xeny.net/bunny/potc/Russell%20-%20Causal%20Laws%20in%20Physics.pdf
2005 (viewed January 2011)
http://homepage.mac.com/huw.price/preprints/CausalPerspectivalism.pdf
2003 (viewed January 2011)
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/1214/

On the Fermi paradox


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