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
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford -- but he lived in London throughout his professional life. Although the capital has changed greatly over the past 400 years, traces of the city that the playwright called home can still be found. My latest video takes the viewer on a brief tour of Shakespeare's London.
It's no secret that scientists can be funny -- but sneaking puns and jokes into peer-reviewed journal articles is no easy task. I look at the long tradition of science-publishing shenanigans in this report for Slate.
In the traditional view of quantum mechanics, everything is fuzzy and unpredictable -- but as I report in a feature story for Quanta Magazine, a new experiment may lend support to an alternative view, one that's more concrete, but still extremely weird.
Scientists have studied climate records from far northern Europe and from Japan, dating back to the 17th and 15th centuries, respectively -- and found that they point to the same troubling conclusion, as I report for Mental Floss.
Lisa Randall puts forward a bold idea about how the dinosaurs met their demise – and the role that an exotic kind of matter may have played. We look at her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, in Episode 11 of BookLab. Also in this episode: The Brain, by David Eagleman; and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. Listen on SoundCloud or subscribe on iTunes.
Scholars have long debated the origins of the texts that make up the Hebrew Bible. As I report in Mental Floss, a new study points to a rise in literacy -- essential for the creation of the Biblical texts -- as early as 700 BCE.
What better time than February 29 -- a date that comes only once every four years -- to reflect on the peculiarities of our calendar, a system that has come to us from the Babylonians and Egyptians, via Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII. In an article for Mental Floss, I look at why and how leap years came to be.
Elusive ripples in the fabric of space, known as gravitational waves, have been found at last, using the twin LIGO detectors. I report on the discovery for Mental Floss.