The Science of Shakespeare
Lecture at the Physics Colloquium, convened by Stephen Morris, also organizer of ArtSci Salon
with Dan Falk
Thursday, Apr. 3, 4:10-5:00
McLennan Physics, room MP 102
60 St. George St
University of Toronto
William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time – a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution – and yet “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But as award-winning journalist Dan Falk has found, a reassessment is underway. In this illustrated talk, Falk will explore Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time, with a particular focus on the changing conceptions of the cosmos, from Aristotle to Copernicus and Galileo. Copies of Dan’s latest book, “The Science of Shakespeare,” will be available for signing.
Dan Falk has written for Smithsonian, New Scientist, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Walrus and many other publications, and is the author of In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. He’s been a regular contributor to “ideas” on CBC Radio, and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. Falk was a 2011-12 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and is currently completing an MA in the history and philosophy of science here at the University of Toronto.