Praise for In Search of Time
“Falk's book is what Hawking's Brief History should have been." — The Ottawa Citizen
"Unputdownable" — Sir Martin Rees
In Search of Time is now available in paperback across the U.S.
I'm pleased to announce that my two-part Ideas documentary from 2013, Mind and Machine, has won a Silver Award from the New York Festivals. This is the third time that one of my Ideas documentaries has been recognized by the Festivals ("In the Beginning" won a Gold in 2004, and "Living on Oxford Time" won a Silver in 2009).
"Eugene Goostman," a chatbot designed to act like a 13-year-old boy, was recently said to have passed the Turing test. In this segment on Day 6, on CBC Radio One, I chat about chatbots and A.I. with host Brent Bambury, while listeners try to distinguish Eugene from two real 13-year-old boys.
It was widely reported last weekend that a "chatbot" had passed the famous Turing test for the first time. As I explain in an article for Smithsonian.com, the real story is more complicated. AI is making progress in many areas, but conversation skills remain elusive.
Philip Marchand has reviewed The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe for the National Post, calling the book a "lucid history of early Renaissance science."
I've made a short video about The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe, focusing on changing conceptions of the cosmos during the playwright's lifetime.
The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe was released in the U.S. one week ago, and there's already been a fair bit of media interest – including an excerpt in Scientific American, an article I wrote for Slate.com on Shakespeare's possible flirtation with atheism, an interview with Smithsonian.com, a radio interview with NPR's The Takeaway, a short article I wrote for cbc.ca on Shakespeare and science, and a cover story I wrote for New Scientist on Shakespeare and astronomy.
My new book, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe, is released this week in Canada, and will be available next week across the U.S. The book tour kicks off this weekend in Fredericton, NB, with more talks in Canada and the U.S. in the weeks ahead. Also listen for my new radio documentary – also called "The Science of Shakespeare" – on Ideas on CBC Radio One on Monday evening (April 14). Some of the early reviews for the book are already in: Library Journal, for example, called it "eminently readable" in their recent review.
What did Shakespeare know about science? In a feature story in today's Daily Telegraph (U.K.), I explore the question of what the playwright knew about the universe and when he knew it. (I investigate these issues in much more detail in my forthcoming book, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe, to be published in April.)
I'm very pleased to announce my third book, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe, to be published by St. Martin's Press in the U.S., and by Goose Lane in Canada, in April 2014. Although the release is still several months away, the book has already been mentioned in The Economist's "The World in 2014" issue!
Published to coincide with Shakespeare's 450th birthday, the book will explore the connections between the playwright's work and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution—and how, together, they changed the world forever. Read more about the book...
Science, art, and literature have largely gone their separate ways - but 400 years ago, they were very much intertwined. I explore some of these connections in my TEDxNovaScotia talk, recorded on March 10, 2013, and now posted online.