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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What set A Brief History of Time apart

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Against all odds, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time became a runaway bestseller. In this feature for Slate, I examine why.

Three times Einstein was wrong

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Einstein was a genius -- but he was also human. Occasionally, he slipped up. In this feature for, I look at three of Einstein's biggest mistakes.



The Slippery Search for Creativity

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

We admire creativity -- but we also want to dissect it; to understand it. In my first review for the Los Angeles Review of Books, I weigh in on The Runaway Species, by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman, and Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation, by Elkhonon Goldberg.

The real-life science behind "Frankenstein"

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018

I explore the real-life science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, published 200 years ago, in this feature for Mental Floss.



Episode 15 of BookLab is now out!

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Episode 15 of BookLab is now out, featuring AI, evolution, and more!

We're on iTunes, and you can also find us on SoundCloud. Enjoy!


The Value of Thought Experiments

Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Science is rooted in "empiricism" -- the idea that the only way to learn about nature is via experiment and observation. But what if you could gain new knowledge just by thinking about a problem? In this feature for The Philosopher's Zone, on ABC Radio National (Australia), I look at the strange world of "thought experiments." (See also my feature in Aeon from December 2017.)

NASA's proposed Deep Space Gateway could be a stepping stone for Mars and beyond

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

For the first time in nearly half a century, NASA is hoping to send astronauts beyong low-earth orbit. I wrote about the proposed Deep Space Gateway in this feature story for

Armchair science

Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Galileo and Einstein were masters of the "thought experiment." But how can these exercises of the imagination tell us anything about the actual, physical world? My feature story for Aeon.

The rise of smart machines puts spotlight on "robot rights"

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017

As our machines get smarter and smarter, will the day come when they ask for -- or deserve -- some sort of rights? My report for

When a pair of neutron stars collided, the hunt for the "optical counterpart" was on...

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017

When gravitational wave detectors registered ripples in space-time from a pair of colliding neutron stars, the race was on to see if we could also see it, using optical telescopes. My report for University of Toronto Magazine.