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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Video: The Science of Time Travel – Part One

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012

Time travel has been a favorite subject for science fiction writers, but what does science have to say about it? In Part One of my two-part video, I look at the physics of travelling into the future… (Part Two is here.)

Video: The Science of Time Travel – Part Two

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012

Though not ruled out by general relativity, travelling into the past would seem to violate common-sense notions of causality and free will -- and then there's the Grandfather Paradox... Part Two of this video features Einstein, relativity, wormholes, and more! (Part One is here.)

When the Chatbots take centre stage

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My review of "Hello Hi There," Annie Dorsen's provocative stage production, in which computers do the talking. From New Scientist's Culture Lab blog.

Why the Higgs matters

Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2012

What is the Higgs boson, and why does it matter that we've found it? My interview with physicist Robert Orr, from today's Globe and Mail.

Telling the Humans from the Machines

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012

My report from the largest-ever Turing test marathon, held at Bletchley Park, England, in connection with the Alan Turing Centenary. The computers are getting smarter!


Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012

My latest video is a light-hearted look at the phenomenon of "MIT-henge," the twice-a-year alignment in which the setting sun lines up with the "infinite corridor" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

From Sun Dials to Quantum Clocks

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Physicist Adam Frank calls it the "braiding" of cosmology and culture: I review his book About Time in the current issue of Physics World.

Common life, rare intelligence?

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012

In my latest post for the MIT SciWrite blog, I speculate on the path that led to language-using homo sapiens here on Earth – and what it might mean for the prospects of finding intelligent life in the universe.

Two blog posts: The Universe, and the Knights

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2012

In my first post for the MITSciWrite blog, I look at the chances of having a universe like the one we live in: What were the odds? And in my latest blog post here on, I talk about my experiences as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow.

The Enigma of Easter Island

Posted on Sunday, November 6, 2011

My travel article on Easter Island appears in today’s Los Angeles Times. Known for its ancient stone statues, or moai, the remote island remains a place of exquisite solitude. (I also have a number of images in the accompanying photo gallery.)