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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"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."

Who was Thomas Harriot?

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010

I examine the life and science of English astronomer Thomas Harriot – sometimes called "England's Galileo" – in the new (April 2010) issue of Astronomy magazine. The article, titled "Who was Thomas Harriot?", can be found on page 44 of the magazine's print edition.

Dan Falk wins AIP Science Writing Award

Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm thrilled to have won the 2009 American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award, in the Science Writing category, for my feature article "End of Days – A Universe in Ruins". The article, which was published in COSMOS magazine in 2008, examined the long-term fate of our solar system, the universe, and life itself. (I won the AIP award previously, in the broadcast category, for my radio documentary "From Empedocles to Einstein" in 1999.)

Read the announcement from the AIP, or view the winning article.

In Search of Time: a short video

Posted on Friday, January 1, 2010

To mark the New Year as well as a new decade, I've made this short video on the nature of time. Enjoy!