NB: You are not responsible for reading every text listed; you should choose at least one principal text and 12 others based on your interests.
Aim to complete your chosen readings by the date listed.
week  date  topic  reading  milestones 

1  Tuesday, 15 January  Overview; What do we know to be obviously true about the physical world? Can we be sure?  Rohrlich, chapters 13; Sklar, pages 118 

Classical Foundations  
Thursday, 17 January  Spheres, ferris wheels, & heresy: Sleepwalking to heliocentrism 
Kuhn, Copernican Revolution, ch. 3, pp. 12344 & 1814; Koestler, pp. 20222; Feynman, ch. 2; Rohrlich, ch. 4 

2  Tuesday, 22 January  De Brahe, Kepler, & Galileo: The birth of modern cosmology 
Kuhn, Copernican Revolution, pp. 20037; Koestler, pp. 227503 
Homework 1 due (We know this is short notice, but it's needed to get you started thinking AHEAD of lecture.) 
Thursday, 24 January  From Kepler to Newton; The meaning (& ambiguities) of Newton's laws 
Rohrlich, ch. 5  
3  Tuesday, 29 January  Newtonian space & time  Sklar, pp. 1925; Rohrlich, ch. 5 

Transition to Modern Physics  
Thursday, 31 January  Causality, determinism, & all that  Bohm, pp. 110; Sklar, pp. 7985 & 2024; Feynman, ch 4; Gettier, 'Is justified true belief knowledge?' 
Homework 2 due  
4  Tuesday, 5 February  Conservation laws; The limits of the classical world 
Sklar, pp. 94117, 12132, & 14255; Bohm, pp. 1033; Feynman, ch. 5; Knobe, 'Intentional action and sideeffects in ordinary language'; Vihvelin, review with Frankfurt examples 

Thursday, 7 February  Waves, Maxwell, & invariance  Einstein, chs. 18; Rohrlich, pp. 4955 

5  Tuesday, 12 February  From the aether to Einstein's postulates  Rohrlich, pp. 5562  Homework 3 due 
Spacetime: Special & General Relativity  
Thursday, 14 February  Special relativity  Einstein, chs. 917; Rohrlich, pp. 6272; Sklar, pp. 2540; Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions, ch. 10 

6  Tuesday, 19 February  Unification of electricity & magnetism; E = mc^{2} & Minkowski space 
Rohrlich, pp. 7386  
Thursday, 21 February  General relativity  
7  Tuesday, 26 February  Curved spacetime: The geometry of the Universe? 
Rohrlich, ch. 7; Sklar, pp. 4069 
Homework 4 due 
Thursday, 28 February  Big bang cosmology: Will the expansion stop? 
Sklar, pp. 6990; Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions 

8  Tuesday, 5 March  Summary; Philosophical implications; Paradigms, positivism, & falsification 
Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions  
Quantum Mechanics, Philosophical Responses & Consciousness  
Thursday, 7 March  Key experiments leading to quantum mechanics  Rohrlich, chs. 910; Sklar, pp. 15772 
Homework 5 due  
9  Tuesday, 12 March  Twoslits done doubly well  
Thursday, 14 March  The fuzzy reality of quantum mechanics  Rohrlich, ch. 11; Sklar, ch. 4 
419: term paper consultations (see Prof. Phillips) 

19 & 21 March  Spring Break  
10  Tuesday, 26 March  Einstein loses the quantum reality battle  Sklar, pp.20226; Rohrlich, pp. 16980 
Homework 6 due 
Thursday, 28 March  Consciousness: Functionalism  Handouts (see Compass); Sklar, pp.1534 

11  Tuesday, 2 April  Consciousness: Physicalism  Handouts (see Compass)  419: term paper topic/ abstract due 
Time & Cosmology  
Thursday, 4 April  Primer on probability  Rohrlich, ch 9; Sklar, pp. 92108 
Homework 7 due  
12  Tuesday, 9 April  Arrow of time  Sklar, pp. 12154  
Thursday, 11 April  Cosmology  419: term paper outline/ partial draft due  
13  Tuesday, 16 April  Cosmology/ inflation; The beginning & end of time; What is there? How much is there? What about entropy? 
Hawking, chs. 3 & 9  
Thursday, 18 April  The anthropic principle  
14  Tuesday, 23 April  Theories of unification  419: term paper rough draft due  
Thursday, 25 April  Postmodernism  Hawking, ch. 8  
16  Tuesday, 30 April  Wrapup  
Thursday, 2 May  Reading Day  
Wednesday, 8 May  Final Exam, 8a–11a (in 276 Loomis)  419: final term paper draft due (by 8a: submit on paper at exam and on Compass) 