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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Easter Island eclipse: 35 mm film results

Posted on Friday, September 3, 2010

In my final posting about the July 11 solar eclipse for New Scientist's Culture Lab blog, I display some of my 35 mm film results, and compare them to my digital images of the eclipse -- along with some "pretty pictures" from Easter Island.

Easter Island Eclipse: First photos posted

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010

The first of my solar eclipse photos from Easter Island are now on-line, in the third installment of my blog series for New Scientist's Culture Lab website.

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Update from Easter Island

Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010

Greetings from Easter Island! In my latest posting for New Scientist's "Culture Lab" blog, I talk about scoping out the island for the perfect spot to view and photograph tomorrow's total solar eclipse.

Why I'm Going to Easter Island

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010

In just a few days I’ll be I'll be heading for one of the most remote places on the face of the earth – Easter Island. As I explain in my latest blog entry, the island happens to lie on the “path of totality” for the upcoming total solar eclipse…

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Stephen Hawking on God, the big bang, and new physics

Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010

In an article for New Scientist, I report on Stephen Hawking's inaugural talk at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, as the famed scientist begins a six-week stint at the research centre.

Walt Whitman's meteors: A Canadian connection

Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010

In an article in the Toronto Star, I explain how an obscure painting in a Toronto archive helped Donald Olson solve a literary mystery.

The mystery of Walt Whitman’s meteors

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In an interview for New Scientist's Culture Lab website, I speak with "forensic astronomer" Donald Olson about Walt Whitman, Frederic Church, and the solution to a 150-year-old literary mystery.

Is anybody out there?

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2010

I review Paul Davies' latest book, The Eerie Silence, for the Globe & Mail. Davies gives a comprehensive account of the "SETI" program, weighing the evidence for – and against – a universe teeming with intelligent life.

Large Hadron Collider up and running

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recently I’ve been blogging for the University of Toronto Magazine. My most recent blog post is an update from the Large Hadron Collider, now up and running near Geneva, Switzerland.

Dan Falk featured in TVO literacy videos

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I was recently featured in two videos as part of TVO's literacy outreach program. In the first video, called "Time and Space," I explain how looking at the stars is like looking back in time. In the second video, "Knowing the Night Sky," I talk about my life-long love of stargazing.

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