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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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.

Dan Falk to speak at Ad Astra

Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'm very pleased to once again be participating in Ad Astra, Toronto's annual science fiction convention. I'll be giving a talk on "time" on April 10, and will also be involved in other events over the course of the day.

"On Time" in New York

Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'll be participating in a panel discussion on the scientific and cultural understanding of time, as part of the "Ad Hoc Vox" series, in New York on April 15. The event, to be held at the Zurcher Gallery on Bleecker St., will explore "how scientific and cultural understandings of time affect the lived experience of time." The panel will also include physicist Sean Carroll, philosopher David Albert, and cultural theorists Stephanie Clare and Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth.

Read a full description of the event on the Ad Hoc Vox website.

Artist Inspired by Evolution

Posted on Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I profile Glendon Mellow for New Scientist's "Culture Lab" website. The Toronto artist has been deeply influenced by Darwin, evolution, and... trilobites!

Hubble Goes 3-D!

Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010

I review the new IMAX movie, "Hubble 3D," for New Scientist's "Culture Lab" website. The movie features several "voyages" through the Milky Way and beyond, as well as stunning footage shot by the space shuttle astronauts themselves -- "a nice combination of astronautical derring-do and the more cerebral thrills of modern cosmology."

Physics at the Edge

Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010

I review Anil Ananthaswamy's book, "The Edge of Physics," for New Scientist magazine, and for their "Culture Lab" website. Ananthaswamy travelled to some of the most remote regions on earth -- sites where scientists are investigating the most urgent problems in modern physics. He "weaves a remarkable narrative that combines fundamental physics with high adventure."