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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Seeing Vilnius Through my Grandfather's Lens

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

I normally write about science; this one is more personal: My grandfather, Moshe Vorobeichic, was an artist and photographer originally from Vilnius, Lithuania.  In 1929, he photographed the city's old Jewish quarter.  A dozen years later, that community was utterly destroyed.  Last year, I visited Vilnius and re-traced my grandfather's footsteps. My essay in Tablet magazine.

How Copernicus Moved the Earth and Sun

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nearly 500 years ago, Nicolas Copernicus re-imagined the universe.  His new way of thinking lifted the earth up into the heavens -- and changed the way we think about our place in the cosmos. My feature story for Astronomy magazine.

 

How an Australian Telescope Let the World Watch the Moon Landing

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Fifty years ago, one-fifth of the world's population sat glued to their televisions as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. But we'd never have seen those images if it hadn't been for a pair of Australian telescopes -- and a freak wind storm almost jeopardized the whole effort. My feature story for Smithsonian magazine.

What is Gravity?

Posted on Sunday, May 12, 2019

It pulls a falling apple to the ground, and it holds the moon in its orbit - but what, exactly, is gravity? My explainer for NBC News MACH.

Cosmos, Quantum, and Consciousness: Does science have a Blind Spot?

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Science has been incredibly successful - but are there certain problems it's not equipped to tackle? A recent conference asked in science is doomed to be stymied by questions of cosmos, the quantum, and consciousness. My report for Scientific American.

What's behind the rise in flat-earthism?

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019

The earth is round, but "alternative" theories have always been with us. What can we learn from Victorian flat-earthers? And why is distrust of science and scientists -- and authority in general -- on the rise? My feature story for ArsTechnica.

Five new books explore the enigma of quantum mechanics

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019

"If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it,” John Wheeler once said. I review five new books that explore the enduring enigma of quantum mechanics, for the Literary Review of Canada.

7 facts about Pi, for Pi Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

As we get ready to mark Pi Day (March 14), here's my list of 7 cool facts about everyone's favourite mathematical constant, for NBCnews.com.

How AI is changing science

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019

The latest artificial intelligence algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can’t be automated? My feature story for Quanta magazine.

Science Communicator in Residence, York University

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

Today I began a two-month position as Science Communicator in Residence in the Faculty of Science at York University.  I'm looking forward to meeting York's scientists and learning about the wide range of research being conducted at York! 

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