Philosophy Of The Cosmos - Reading
1. Required readings for this course are on the Wattle site, and also at

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

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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?


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


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

On extrasolar planets

On causation

from Outline of Philosophy, chapter 11
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1927
2005 (viewed January 2011)
2003 (viewed January 2011)

On the Fermi paradox


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