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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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.


The quandary at the heart of quantum mechanics

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Quantum mechanics has been an extraordinarily successful theory -- and yet, physicists continue to debate what it's actually telling us about our universe.  I wrote about a recent conference held at the Perimeter Institute.

Book Review: Adventures in Memory

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2018

In “Adventures in Memory,” two Norwegian authors explore the rich science of remembering and forgetting. Read my review in Undark magzine.

Alice and Bob meet the Wall of Fire

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I'm delighted that two of my feature stories for Quanta magazine are included in this new book from MIT Press, "Alice and Bob meet the Wall of Fire." One of the articles deals with the nature of time; the other looks at an oft-overlooked interpretation of quantum mechanics (and which might be due for a comeback). You'll also find terrific contributions from Natalie Wolchover, Jennifer Oullette, Frank Wilczek, Carl Zimmer, George Musser, and many other terrific writers. Buy it now on,, or!

Episode 18 of BookLab is up!

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018

Episode 18 of BookLab is now up! Our featured book is "Lost in Math," by Sabine Hossenfelder. Physics made enormous progress in the 20th century – but Sabine Hossenfelder says we’ve reached a dead-end in the 21st, because today’s physicists take their equations too seriously. And on the nightstand: Through Two Doors at Once, by Anil Ananthaswamy; and The Order of Time, by Carlo Rovelli.

Hunting for neutrinos at Fermilab

Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2018

At Fermilab, a particle physics laboratory some fifty kilometres west of downtown Chicago, they take neutrinos very seriously. Neutrinos are tiny, ubiquitous particles that pass effortlessly through solid matter and are notoriously difficult to detect -- and yet they could help answer some of the deepest questions about our universe. Listen to my short documentary for ABC Radio National's The Science Show.


UNSW Journalist in Residence

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018

I'm delighted to be taking up a three-week position as Journalist in Residence at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, beginning on Oct. 22!