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 is relativity? Einstein's mind-bending theory explained

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018

Everyone has heard of relativity, but how many of us can explain it to a friend? Here's a quick beginner's guide that I wrote for

Ten books to read if "A Brief History of Time" was too brief for you

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2018

Following the death of Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time is once again on the bestseller lists. But what if you want more? Amanda Gefter (my co-host for the BookLab podcast) and I suggest these additional books about space and time. (From Undark magazine.)

Episode 16 of BookLab is now out!

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2018

In a special episode of BookLab, Amanda Gefter and I look back at Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, 30 years after its publication. (Available on iTunes or on Soundcloud.)

Stephen Hawking: remembering a physics giant

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The world has lost a great mind with the death of physicist Stephen Hawking. His ideas were famously inpenetrable, at least for the non-specialist -- but his goal, in fact, was simple. My feature for Undark.

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.)