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 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!

The music moves us -- but how?

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2018

We hear music, and our bodies respond -- but how, and why? I spoke with musician and psychologist Daniel Levitin, for Knowable magazine.

Carlo Rovelli on the nature of time

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2018

A leading physicist ponders the enigmatic fourth dimension: I spoke with Carlo Rovelli about the nature of time, for

Enrico Fermi and the chain reaction that changed everything

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2018

Enrico Fermi lived and breathed physics. My review of David Schwartz's new biography of Fermi, "The Last Man Who Knew Everything," for Undark magzine.

Has theoretical physics gone off the rails?

Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Theoretical physics has made little progress in the last 30 years, some scientists argue -- at least, compared to the great breakthroughs of the 20th century. My report for