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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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.

Katharine Hayhoe on climate change -- and how to talk about it

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2021

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has been warning of the effects of a warming planet for years. In her new book, she looks at how to talk about the problem -- especially with those who may not want to hear the message. My Q&A for Undark.

A cosmic ray event pinpoints the Vikings' activity in America

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2021

An innovative radiocarbon dating technique proves the Vikings were active at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland exactly 1,000 years ago. My news-feature for WIRED.

Anil Seth finds consciousness in life's push against entropy

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021

How does consciousness arise in mere flesh and blood? To neuroscientist Anil Seth, our bodies are the key to experience. My Q&A for Quanta.


Sara Seager and the search for another Earth

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2021

Astronomer Sara Seager is convinced that other Earth-like planets are out there. Finding them -- and finding out if some of them may support life -- has been her life-long quest. My profile for University of Toronto Magazine. 

Is your brain a computer?

Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

For decades, scientists have argued bout the nature of the brain. To this day, the question of how it functions so as to enable a mind -- is it an information-processor, like a computer? -- remains a subject of fierce debate. My feature for MIT Tech Review.

New video: In the footsteps of Copernicus

Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

In my latest video, I look at the life and science of Nocolaus Copernicus, who revolutionized our view of the universe and our place within it. I also visit the places in Poland where he lived and worked, including Warsaw, Torun, Krakow, and Frombork.