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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In Search of Weird Life

Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013

Just how weird could life be – either on our own planet, or beyond?  I review David Toomey’s book Weird Life in today’s Globe and Mail newspaper.

Science at the Movies

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm thrilled to be acting as moderator for "Science at the Movies," a series of three science-themed films, with expert panelists, coming to the Bloor HotDocs Cinema in Toronto. The series kicks off with 'Star Trek: First Contact" and guest speaker Lawrence Krauss on Feb. 26.

Time Warped

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How do our brains process time? I explore the puzzle of time perception in the January issue of Smithsonian magazine.

The God Particle

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Physics books -- Neil Turok's The Universe Within is the latest -- sell like hot cakes, even though we struggle to understand their content. Are we hoping to find more than just quarks and quasars between their covers? I look at the allure of physics in the current issue of The Walrus.

Read the article via The Walrus's website.

The Science of Morality

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012

How do we know right from wrong? For centuries, religion and philosophy tried to provide answers. Now psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology are weighing in. Part One of my documentary, "The Science of Morality," airs on Ideas on CBC Radio One this Wednesday, Oct. 3. Part Two airs next Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Could the Internet "wake up"?

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Could the Internet become conscious? In my first article for Slate / FutureTense, I speak with Christof Koch, Robert J. Sawyer, Daniel Dennett, and Sean Carroll about what, if anything, the Internet may have on its mind…

Easter Island “star trails” photo selected for cover of Observer’s Handbook

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One of my images from Easter Island, showing star trails above a row of "moai" statues, has been selected for the cover of the 2013 Observer's Handbook, published by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

AI: The narrowing gap between humans and machines

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This summer, a computer program almost passed the "Turing test." But are thinking machines really on the horizon? In this feature article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, I explore the challenges of artificial intelligence.

Video: The Science of Time Travel – Part One

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012

Time travel has been a favorite subject for science fiction writers, but what does science have to say about it? In Part One of my two-part video, I look at the physics of travelling into the future… (Part Two is here.)

Video: The Science of Time Travel – Part Two

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012

Though not ruled out by general relativity, travelling into the past would seem to violate common-sense notions of causality and free will -- and then there's the Grandfather Paradox... Part Two of this video features Einstein, relativity, wormholes, and more! (Part One is here.)