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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A closer look at the Turing test

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.

The National Post reviews The Science of Shakespeare

Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2014

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."

The Science of Shakespeare: a short video

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

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: Excerpts, Interviews, and Articles...

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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.

The Science of Shakespeare

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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.

William Shakespeare, the 'king of infinite space'

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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.)

The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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 and Art through the Lens of Galileo: My TEDxNovaScotia talk

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013

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.

Life in Extreme Environments

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013

Could life survive, even flourish, in boiling, acidic water? Inside solid rock, or ice? In the near-vacuum of space? As part of the Toronto Science Festival, I'll be moderating a panel on "Life in Extreme Environments" with astrobiologist Kevin Hand, geochemist Barbara Sherwood Lollar, and oceanographer John Baross. The panel is at the University of Toronto, this Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Mind and Machine

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013

The age of intelligent machines is coming faster than we think. How will it change our world? Part One of my radio documentary, "Mind and Machine," airs this Wednesday evening (Sept. 11) on 'Ideas," on CBC Radio One. Part Two airs the following Wednesday (Sept. 18).

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