Reviews for The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe

A "lucid history of early Renaissance science" — The National Post

"...a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the astronomical knowledge of the era" — The Chronicle-Herald

"Falk takes the reader on an eventful tour through science in the early modern era...It’s an enjoyable read, and will appeal to non-specialists, but nonetheless is based on a comprehensive engagement with the pertinent academic scholarship. The work is well-informed, enthusiastic, and recommended to anyone seeking a new take on the oft-studied Bard." — Chemistry World

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Quirks & Quarks annual book roundup

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2022

The year is almost over -- which means it's time for the CBC Quirks & Quarks roundup of the best science books of 2022! Scattered throughout the program you'll hear three of my mini-reviews, looking at books by Matthew Cobb, Jo Wimpenny, and James Poskett.

Frontiers of AI: a Q&A with Gary Marcus on AI's successes and failures

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2022

Artificial intelligence (AI) has profoundly changed our world. But in some domains, it seems to stuble. A Q&A with Gary Marcus, known for his unflinching assessments of where AI has succeeded, and where it fails, for Undark magazine.

When will the next supernova in our galaxy occur?

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The next time a star explodes in the Milky Way glaaxy, scientists will be ready with an array of new tools. My feature for Smithsonian. 


A Surprising Side of Carl Sagan

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The movie Contact, based on Carl Sagan's novel, continues to resonate with audiences 25 years later. My feature for Nautilus. 

Reframing the history of science

Posted on Friday, July 1, 2022

In a new book, a historian of science highlights the crucial achievements of non-Western scientists and thinkers. My Q&A with James Poskett for Undark.



The unleashing of Tyrannosaurus Rex

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2022

Davod K. Randall's "The Monster's Bones" recounts the exploits of early dinosaur hunters and their amazing discoveries. My review for Undark.

The Philosopher's Zombie

Posted on Friday, February 4, 2022

The zombie problem, flawed as it may be, brings the puzzle of consciousness into sharp relief. My feature for Aeon magazine. 

The simulated world according to David Chalmers

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Is it possible that everything we see is an illusion -- that we live in a simulation? I spoke with philosopher David Chalmers, author of Reality+, for Nautilus.

H.A. Rey and the stars

Posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2022

H.A. Rey -- co-creator of Curious George -- helped make amateur astronomy more accessible. My feature for Nautilus.

The very real effort to track killer asteroids and comets

Posted on Monday, December 13, 2021

The star-studded Hollywood film Don't Look Up, directed by Adam McKay, focuses on a killer comet bound for Earth. The plot is pure fiction, but real astronomerts are indeed keeping an eye out for potentially dangerous space rocks. My feature for Smithsonian.