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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Five new books explore the enigma of quantum mechanics

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019

"If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it,” John Wheeler once said. I review five new books that explore the enduring enigma of quantum mechanics, for the Literary Review of Canada.

What's behind the rise in flat-earthism?

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019

The earth is round, but "alternative" theories have always been with us. What can we learn from Victorian flat-earthers? And why is distrust of science and scientists -- and authority in general -- on the rise? My feature story for ArsTechnica.

7 facts about Pi, for Pi Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

As we get ready to mark Pi Day (March 14), here's my list of 7 cool facts about everyone's favourite mathematical constant, for

How AI is changing science

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019

The latest artificial intelligence algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can’t be automated? My feature story for Quanta magazine.

Science Communicator in Residence, York University

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

Today I began a two-month position as Science Communicator in Residence in the Faculty of Science at York University.  I'm looking forward to meeting York's scientists and learning about the wide range of research being conducted at York! 

New accelerator would be world's largest

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

CERN has unveiled plans for a huge new particle accelerator that would continue the work begun at the Large Hadron Collider. Proponents say it's the only way to understand the workings of nature; critics wonder if it's worth the cost. Me report for

Revamping the kilogram for the quantum age

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2019

This spring, the kilogram will officially be re-defined. I met with kilogram-keepers in three different countries, and spoke with experts about this "weighty" change. My feature for Undark.

Episode 19 of BookLab is up!

Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Episode 19 of BookLab is now out!

Few things are as fundamental to the human experience as memory. But what exactly is memory? How do memories actually work, in our brains?  And why did we evolve to have memories? Our featured book is Adventures in Memory, by Hilde Ostby and Ylva Ostby.

And on the nightstand: Outside Color, by Mazviita Chirimuuta; and The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf.

Before 'one small step': How Apollo 8 became our first true moon shot

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

Half a century ago, humanity tooks its first tenetative steps beyond home. My story on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 moon mission.

Inside the control room when Voyager 2 phones home

Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2018

Voyager 2 still 'phones home,' from across almost 19 billion kilometres of space -- and when it does, Australia takes the call. My story for Wired UK, following my recent visit to the Parkes Observatory and the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex.