Dan Falk

Dan Falk is a science journalist, author, and broadcaster. His writing credits include the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Cottage Life, SkyNews, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. He has also been a regular contributor to theand Astronomy from the American Institute of Physics (which  CBC Radio programs Ideas and Quirks & Quarks.  His awards include Gold and Silver medals for Radio Programming from the New York Festivals and the Science Writing Award in Physics he has won twice).  His first book, Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, won the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association.  In 2008 he published, In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension.  “Falk’s book is what Hawking’s [A Brief History of Time] should have been,” declared the Ottawa Citizen. His most recent title, The Science of Shakespeare:  A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe, was published in May of 2014. Falk recently completed a Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT, where he undertook the primary research for The Science of Shakespeare.

More information about Dan Falk can be found on his website: www.danfalk.ca

author photo Sara Desjardins Photography


  The Science of Shakespeare – A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Goose Lane, Spring 2014 US, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, Spring 2014; Film Rights Available)
In Search of Time Journeys Along a Curious Dimension
A fresh look at the concept of time from the author of Universe on a T-Shirt.
(McClelland & Stewart, Fall 2008)World Rights Available Ex:
English Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 2008
US: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2008
Chinese (complex characters): Owl Publishing House”Dan Falk is a riveting writer: his latest book is almost unputdownable. He covers an eclectic range of fascinating topics – from prehistory to the far future. Time is a mysterious commodity: we gain, spend, save and lose it. But everyone should make enough time to read In Search of Time.”
– Martin J. Rees, author of Just Six Numbers and Our Final Hour
Universe on a T-ShirtThe Quest for the Theory of Everything Canada: Penguin
US: Arcade
Hebrew: Kinneret
Portugese: Editora Globo
Japanese: Seidosha
Korean: Whistler
French: Fides 2003 John and Margaret Savage First Book Award,
Atlantic Book Awards
2003 Science in Society Journalism Award,
Canadian Science Writers’ Association “Mixing simple explanation and personal profiles with touches of philosophy and whimsy, T-Shirt gives a highly accessible introduction to some tough and important physics. ”
– American Scientist”Falk’s prose is familiar and clear, and the book hangs together well. . . . The author has a knack for popularizing modern physics. . . . The book as a whole offers an accessible . . . overview of the history of physics and is a reasonable introduction to physics past and present for readers with little science background. ”
– Publishers Weekly”Entertaining. . . Falk makes the history of Western science seem fresh and new, and the mysteries of modern physics remarkably accessible. With humor, brevity, and clarity . . . the author brings history and personalities to life. . . . Among the recent books attempting to translate, for the non-mathematicians, the leading edge of a science whose concepts can only be accessed mathematically, this may well be the most successful. ”
– School Library Journal


“Totally Genius” (Walrus Magazine, 2005) 2005, Honourable mention, Science, Technology, and Environment,
National Magazine Awards

Radio Documentaries

“Einstein as Icon” (CBC Radio, 2005) 2005 Science in Society Journalism Award,
(radio items under 30 minutes),
Canadian Science Writers’ Association
“In The Beginning”one hour documentary(CBC Radio, 2004) 2004, Gold Medal
(Radio Programming)
New York Festival
“The Question of Design”two-hour documentary(CBC Radio One, Oct 16, 23, 2000) 2002, Honourable mention, Science in Society Journalism Award
(radio items over 20 minutes)
Canadian Science Writers’ Association
“Visions of the Apocalypse”one hour documentary(CBC Radio, 1999) 1999, Science in Society Journalism Award,
(broadcast category)
U.S. National Association of Science Writers
“From Empedocles to Einstein”one hour documentary(CBC Radio, 1999) 1999, Science Writing Awards in Physics and Astronomy,
(broadcast category)
American Institute of Physics
“Hunting the Neutrino” (CBC Radio, 1997) 1997, Honourable mention, Science in Society Journalism Award
(radio items under 10 minutes)
Canadian Science Writers’ Association