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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We just sent a message to a nearby planetary system

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Astronomers have sent a radio message to a planetary system just 12 light years away, in case there's anyone there. But "METI" (messaging extra-terrestrial intelligence) has always been controversial, as I report for New Scientist.

Bang! A pair of colliding neutron stars opens up a new era in astrophysics

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017

For the first time, astronomers have detected gravitational waves from a pair of merging neutron stars -- and they've also seen in optically and via radio waves, gamma rays, and more. As I report for Mental Floss, it's a breakthrough on many fronts.

Are self-flying planes on the horizon?

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017

With self-driving cars moving ever-closer to becoming a reality, it's only natural to wonder if self-flying planes may be next. As I report in this feature for, pilotless air travel may be closer than you think.

Hooked on Solar Eclipses

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017

On August 21, millions of people in North America got to see a total solar eclipse. That same morning, CBC Radio's The Current aired a pre-recordrd essay in which I try to explain the irresistible appeal of standing in the "path of totality." (When it aired, I was in Oregon enjoying the eclipse!)

Why I chase the moon's shadow

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017

In my latest blog post, I look back on the four total solar eclipses I've seen so far -- and reflect on the experience of standing in the moon's shadow.

For Jay Pasachoff, there's science to be done during a solar eclipse.

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017

In this interview for Quanta Magazine, astronomer and eclipse chaser Jay Pasachoff explains that there's serious science to be done during a solar eclipse.

The 7 Biggest Unanswered Questions in Physics

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I survey some of the perplexing unsolved problems in physics in this story for

Get ready for the Great American Solar Eclipse!

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017

On August 21, anyone viewing from a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to witness one of nature's grandest spactacles -- a total eclipse of the sun. It will be the first time a total eclipse has been visible from the contiguous 48 states in nearly 40 years. In this article for I explain the what, where, and when of the big event -- everything you need to know to prepare fopr the big day.

Homo Sapiens, meet Homo Deus

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What happens when the twin worlds of biotechnology and artificial intelligence merge, allowing us to re-design our species to meet our whims and desires? I speak with author Yuval Noah Harari and other experts about our human (and post-human) future, in this feature story for

Can the "bionic leaf" solve our energy and climate problems?

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Artificial leaf technology may one day be an important weapon in the fight against climate change, and a vital power source, as I report for