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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Exhibition of photography by my grandfather -- Moi Ver (Moshe Vorobeichic / Moshe Raviv) opens at Centre Pompidou

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2023

A comprehensive retrospective of works by my grandfather -- Moshe Vorobeichic (who worked under the name of Moi Ver and later Moshe Raviv) is now open at the Centre Pompidou in Paris! The exhibition focuses on his groundbreaking photographic work, including his pioneering use of photo-montage. Many of these works were published in his books "Paris," "The Ghetto Lane in Vilna," and "Ci-Contre" (the latter work only seeing publication posthumously); however, the exhibition also includes many unpublished works, and includes some of his graphic design work carried out in Israel (then Palestine). The exhibition runs through August 28, 2023, and after that will go to Warsaw and Tel Aviv! 

All About the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2023

I made a short video looking ahead to the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse -- everything you need to know, including photography tips!

Everything you need to know about the 2024 solar eclipse

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2023

With one year to go, I wrote a feature for Smithsonian with all the information you need to get ready for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. (See also my video on the same subject!) 

What Does the Universe Sound Like?

Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The uninverse is not silent! In this feature for Smithsonian, I spoke with the scientists and musicians who are creating space "sonifications."

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.