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
Would we really be better off in the world described in John Lennon’s Imagine, with no heaven and hell – “Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too”? Philosopher Ronald De Souza and psychologist Jordan Peterson recently debated that question at U of T. Read my blog post about the event.
On Feb. 24, I witnessed the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Centre (actually from a park just across the Intracoastal Waterway, south of Titusville, Florida). Please enjoy this short video of the launch!
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. This will be an exciting opportunity to take classes at both MIT and Harvard, and to interact with other science journalists from around the world.
I review Lawrence Krauss’s new biography of physicist Richard Feynman, Quantum Man, in the current issue of New Scientist.
My two-part radio documentary The Idea of Genius airs this month on Ideas on CBC Radio One. Part One airs Monday Feb. 14; Part Two airs Mon. Feb. 21. Ideas begins at 9:05 p.m.
I review Richard Panek’s latest book, The 4% Universe, in the current issue of New Scientist.
I had a great view of the rare “solstice day lunar eclipse” on Tuesday morning. I was videotaped for CTV news, and can be seen in CTV’s report on the eclipse.
I review John Moffat's new memoir, "Einstein Wrote Back: My Life in Physics" in today's Globe and Mail.
I review Anton Zeilinger's "Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation" for New Scientist magazine.