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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Why I chase the moon's shadow

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017

In my latest blog post, I look back on the four total solar eclipses I've seen so far -- and reflect on the experience of standing in the moon's shadow.

For Jay Pasachoff, there's science to be done during a solar eclipse.

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017

In this interview for Quanta Magazine, astronomer and eclipse chaser Jay Pasachoff explains that there's serious science to be done during a solar eclipse.

The 7 Biggest Unanswered Questions in Physics

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I survey some of the perplexing unsolved problems in physics in this story for

Get ready for the Great American Solar Eclipse!

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017

On August 21, anyone viewing from a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to witness one of nature's grandest spactacles -- a total eclipse of the sun. It will be the first time a total eclipse has been visible from the contiguous 48 states in nearly 40 years. In this article for I explain the what, where, and when of the big event -- everything you need to know to prepare fopr the big day.

Homo Sapiens, meet Homo Deus

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What happens when the twin worlds of biotechnology and artificial intelligence merge, allowing us to re-design our species to meet our whims and desires? I speak with author Yuval Noah Harari and other experts about our human (and post-human) future, in this feature story for

Can the "bionic leaf" solve our energy and climate problems?

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Artificial leaf technology may one day be an important weapon in the fight against climate change, and a vital power source, as I report for

Can hacking the planet stop runaway climate change?

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017

Geoengineering -- intentionally manipulating the planet's climate -- has always sounded like science fiction. But, as the effects of climate change become ever more apparent, is it time to take geoengineering seriously? I weight the arguments in a report for NBC News.

A Closer look at Multiple Multiverses

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In a feature story for Nautilus, I look at the possibility that some of our seemingly-different Multiverse ideas may be one and the same.

Five Big Questions about the Universe

Posted on Monday, January 2, 2017

In my first piece for, I examine five big unsolved mysteries about the universe.

Episode 14 of BookLab is now up!

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017

In Episode 14 of BookLab is now up! We step back to look at the wide view of life, the universe, and everything in Sean Carroll’s new book, The Big Picture. Also, Jonathon Keats looks at the strange legacy of Buckminster Fuller; and we go back to the future with James Gleick’s new book, Time Travel.