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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Learning to love experimental sci-art film

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2011

Flickering fractals, perplexing pixels, far-out films: I review a screening of experimental “audiovisual art-science” for New Scientist’s Culture Lab blog.

Is Anything Sacred?

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Would we really be better off in the world described in John Lennon’s Imagine, with no heaven and hell – “Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too”? Philosopher Ronald De Souza and psychologist Jordan Peterson recently debated that question at U of T. Read my blog post about the event.

Video: Final launch of the space shuttle Discovery

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011

On Feb. 24, I witnessed the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Centre (actually from a park just across the Intracoastal Waterway, south of Titusville, Florida). Please enjoy this short video of the launch!

A year at MIT and Harvard

Posted on Sunday, May 8, 2011

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. This will be an exciting opportunity to take classes at both MIT and Harvard, and to interact with other science journalists from around the world.

Quantum Man

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I review Lawrence Krauss’s new biography of physicist Richard Feynman, Quantum Man, in the current issue of New Scientist.

The Idea of Genius

Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My two-part radio documentary The Idea of Genius airs this month on Ideas on CBC Radio One. Part One airs Monday Feb. 14; Part Two airs Mon. Feb. 21. Ideas begins at 9:05 p.m.

The 4% Universe

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011

I review Richard Panek’s latest book, The 4% Universe, in the current issue of New Scientist.

Lunar Eclipse on the Solstice

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I had a great view of the rare “solstice day lunar eclipse” on Tuesday morning. I was videotaped for CTV news, and can be seen in CTV’s report on the eclipse.

Einstein Wrote Back

Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I review John Moffat's new memoir, "Einstein Wrote Back: My Life in Physics" in today's Globe and Mail.

Dance of the Photons

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I review Anton Zeilinger's "Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation" for New Scientist magazine.