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

Latest News

How Roman Kroitor inspired a generation of filmmakers

Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2021

You might not know the name Roman Kroitor -- but the Canadian filmmaker influenced Stanley Kubrick as he was making 2001, and gave George Lucas the idea for the Force. His films, especially his innovative documentaries, inspired a generation of movie-makers. My feature for ArsTechnica.

100 years ago, Albert Einstein was given a hero's welcome by America's Jews

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2021

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein arrived on American shores for the first time. He was greeted as a hero -- espeically by the nation's Jews, for whom he was a "beacon of hope." My feature for Smithsonian.

Darwin's "The Descent of Man" at 150

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Darwin's The Descent of Man is 150 years old. Parts of it have held up well -- but questions still swirl around the idea of sexual selection, and the evolution of minds and morals. My feature for Smithsonian. 

Why do so many astronomy and physics stories fail to live up to the hype?

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2021

 "Breakthroughs" come along regularly, but often don't hold up under scrutiny -- potentially undermining trust in science. My feature for Undark.

The Science of Time Travel

Posted on Monday, December 28, 2020

From H.G. Wells' groundbreaking novel The Time Machine to the campy 1980s Back to the Future movie trilogy, time travel has long been a staple for science fiction wtiters. But what do scientists say about the idea of travelling through time? My feature for National Geographic. 

Jupiter and Saturn meet for a rare close encounter

Posted on Monday, December 14, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in our sky on Dec. 21 than at any time in 400 years. My report for National Geographic.

 

How Galileo Blended Science and Art

Posted on Sunday, November 1, 2020

We remember Galileo as an astronomer and as one of the leading figures of the scientific revolution -- but he was also trained as an artist, and that training helped shape his understanding of the universe. My feature story was published in the November issue of Astronomy magazine.

A near-miss in Earth orbit

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Two large pieces of space junk have a near-collision -- sparking questions about just how much garbage is up there, and who's keeping track of it. My feature for National Geographic.

Lonely Universe

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

SETI researchers hope to detect signs of intelligent life in the cosmos -- but other scientists suspect we might be in for a rather long wait. My feature for New Scientist.

What is Math?

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In a viral video, a teenager asked a seemingly-simple question: What, exactly, is math? The question is tougher than it sounds, and has provoked debate among mathematicians and philosophers for hundreds of years. My feature for Smithsonian magazine.

Pages