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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The Science of Time Travel

Posted on Monday, December 28, 2020

From H.G. Wells' groundbreaking novel The Time Machine to the campy 1980s Back to the Future movie trilogy, time travel has long been a staple for science fiction wtiters. But what do scientists say about the idea of travelling through time? My feature for National Geographic. 

Jupiter and Saturn meet for a rare close encounter

Posted on Monday, December 14, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in our sky on Dec. 21 than at any time in 400 years. My report for National Geographic.


How Galileo Blended Science and Art

Posted on Sunday, November 1, 2020

We remember Galileo as an astronomer and as one of the leading figures of the scientific revolution -- but he was also trained as an artist, and that training helped shape his understanding of the universe. My feature story was published in the November issue of Astronomy magazine.

A near-miss in Earth orbit

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Two large pieces of space junk have a near-collision -- sparking questions about just how much garbage is up there, and who's keeping track of it. My feature for National Geographic.

Lonely Universe

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

SETI researchers hope to detect signs of intelligent life in the cosmos -- but other scientists suspect we might be in for a rather long wait. My feature for New Scientist.

What is Math?

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In a viral video, a teenager asked a seemingly-simple question: What, exactly, is math? The question is tougher than it sounds, and has provoked debate among mathematicians and philosophers for hundreds of years. My feature for Smithsonian magazine.

The last explosions before the universe goes dark

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2020

Long after the last stars burn out, long after the last black holes evaporate, white dwarfs can still explode in supernova-like blasts. These will be the last explosions -- the last anything, really -- in the universe's history. My report for National Geographic.


Review of The Precipice by Toby Ord

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020

In The Precipice, Toby Ord sees humanity at a crossroads, and examines the many existential risks to our survival. My review for Undark magazine.

One of the brightest comets in decades is passing Earth. Here's how to see it.

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Comet NEOWISE may be the brightest comet for northern hemisphere skywatchers since Hale-Bopp back in 1997. My report for National Geographic.

Fraught Frontier

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Satellite "constellations" are crowding the skies, causing conflict between astronomers, governments, and businesses. My feature story for SkyNews magazine.