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 Allure of the Invisible

Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2015

The idea of invisibility has a long and provocative history. I review Philip Ball's new book, Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen, in today's Globe and Mail newspaper.

Reaching out to E.T.

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a half-century-old quest -- but as I report in Slate Future Tense, there's a new, and very heated debate these days: Should we make the first move, and reach out to "E.T."?

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Universe

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015

In a feature story for Cosmos magazine, I look at the James Webb Space Telescope. Bigger and better than the Hubble, the JWST will reveal the universe is a new light when it's launch in 2018.

From Myth to Multiverse

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In a wide-ranging interview for Quanta Magazine, I chat with Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Weinberg about physics, philosophy, and the future of science.

The Science of Shakespeare heads west!

Posted on Saturday, February 7, 2015

I'm pleased to be bringing The Science of Shakespeare to western Canada! I'll be lecturing in Regina on March 6, and in Edmonton on March 9. Both events are free and open to the public!

Episode 3 of BookLab is now out!

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Featured Book: Colliding Worlds, by Arthur I. Miller. Over the last 50 years, the world of modern art has been completely transformed, Arthur I. Miller argues, because of the influence that modern science has had on art and artists.

And on the nightstand: Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou; and Only the Longest Threads, by Tasneem Zehra Husain.

Episode 2 of BookLab is now out!

Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015

Featured Book: Consciousness and the Brain, by Stanislas Deheane.

Stanislas Deheane tackles the problem of consciousness, and tells us how his own research is helping to explain how that three-and-a-half pound lump of squishy gray mater inside your head does what it does.

And on the nightstand: Time Reborn, by Lee Smolin; and The Idea Factory, by Jon Gertner.

Episode 1 of BookLab is now out!

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Featured Book: Our Mathematical Universe, by Max Tegmark.

How many universes are there, anyway? Physicist Max Tegmark says there could be an infinite number of universes, and he argues the case in his latest book.

And on the nightstand: A Universe from Nothing, by Lawrence Krauss; and Me Myself and Why, by Jennifer Oullette.

Announcing BookLab: The science book review podcast!

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015

I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast called BookLab, hosted by myself and science journalist Amanda Gefter. Our goal with BookLab is to put science books under the microscope: With each new episode, we’ll look at what’s new in the world of popular science writing, from neurons to nanotech and from quarks to the cosmos. The first two episodes are now available on LibSyn, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes.

The James Webb Space Telescope takes shape

Posted on Saturday, January 3, 2015

It's one of the largest and most ambitious observatories ever conceived: The James Webb Space Telescope, successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. I report for Quirks & Quarks on my recent behind-the-scenes tour of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where the JWST is taking shape.