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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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.

Top Ten science stories of 2016

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gravitational waves, planets, early humans and more: I round up the year's top ten science stories for Mental Floss magazine.

The Philosopher Who Helped Create the Information Age

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016

Philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz, who died 300 years ago, foresaw the "Information Age." I report on Leibniz's legacy for Slate Future Tense.

BookLab on "Fresh Air"

Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2016

The BookLab podcast -- hosted by myself and science journalist Amanda Gefter -- gets a plug on CBC Radio's "Fresh Air."  I chat with host Chris dela Torre about this year's hot science books.

A Galaxy Where Dark Matter Rules

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

A new telescope reveals ultra-dim galaxies -- composed primarly of "dark matter" -- for the first time. My report for Mental Floss.

A Debate over the Physics of Time

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This summer, physicists and philosophers got together at the Perimeter Institute to debate the nature of time. My report for Quanta magazine.

In search of Shakespeare's London

Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2016

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford -- but he lived in London throughout his professional life. Although the capital has changed greatly over the past 400 years, traces of the city that the playwright called home can still be found. My latest video takes the viewer on a brief tour of Shakespeare's London.