Optional Reading
Things mentioned below that don't have links are all available at http://temp.xeny.net/TAAP/optional-reading.




  • Jos Uffink, Bluff your way in the Second Law of Thermodynamics

(Added by Jason, November 30th.)

Interesting history, which shows how there's always been confusion about the Second Law. Not very important for our syllabus.

  • Some stuff by Brian Greene, and some slides from me, both of which you've seen in Philosophy of the Cosmos, and which you don't have to re-read if you don't want to.


  • Steve Yablo, Does ontology rest on a mistake?

(Added by Jason, December 10th.)

On ontology, because we've been talking about the ontology of waves.

  • 2017 Philosophy of the Cosmos lecture notes on quantum mechanics

  • The Hundred Light-Year Diary - this is the reverse entropy star thought experiment, in science fiction form (but remember that it's real physics) - read this by Sunday the 17th if you can:
http://bunny.xeny.net/POTC/optional-reading/Egan%20-%20The%20Hundred-Light-Year%20Diary.pdf



  • Kate's slides from her talk on Bell's Theorem.






Things mentioned above that don't have links are all available at http://temp.xeny.net/TAAP/optional-reading.