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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Q&A: Donald Milton on the transmission of Covid-19

Posted on Friday, August 6, 2021

Long before it was widely accepted, Donald Milton understood that Covid-19 could be spread by the inhalation of aerosolized droplets. My Q&A for Undark.

What's fuelling today's extreme wildfires?

Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

My Q&A with geophysicist Janice Cohen on the extreme wildfire events of the last few years, for Nautilus.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Steven Winberg famously declared the universe to be "pointless." Four decades later, physicists and popular science writers continue to grapple with the problem of finding meaning in a material universe governmed by uncaring laws. My essay for Scientific American.

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Posted on Monday, July 26, 2021

A new project aims to create the most detailed 3D map of the universe to date. Mt feature for Smithsonian.

Book Review: A humanizing portrait of Stephen Hawking

Posted on Friday, June 4, 2021

In “Hawking Hawking,” Charles Seife explores the life of the celebrated physicist, and his love of the limelight. My review for Undark.

Q&A with Heidi Larson on "vaccine hesitancy"

Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021

I spoke with risk expert Heidi J. Larson on the multi-pronged approaches needed to combat "vaccine hesitancy," in this Q&A for Undark. 

Video: Everything you need to know about the June 10, 2021 annular / partial solar eclipse

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2021

In my latest video, I look ahead to the annular / partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021, including info on how to safety view the eclipse, and tips for photographers.

Could weirdly-straight lightning be a sign of dark matter?

Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2021

A team of physicists has proposed a new way to search for dark matter -- by looking for weirdly-straight bolts of lightning, during lightning storms. My feature for Smithsonian.

Rare sunrise solar eclipse coming June 10

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Skywatchers are in for a rare treat on the morning of June 10, 2021, as the sun will be partially eclipsed as it rises for viewers in the U.S. Northeast and in eastern Canada. My story for Gizmodo.

"Unicorn" black hole may be closest to Earth

Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2021

A newly-discovered black hole, dubbed the "unicorn," is unusually small and may be the closest to Earth found so far. It may also shed new light on how stars eveolve, and how they die. My story for National Geographic.