The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe
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William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time—a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were transforming Western thought, the medieval was giving way to the modern, and the work of a few key figures hinted at the brave new world to come: the methodical and rational Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, and—as Falk convincingly argue...more
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Published April 22nd 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published April 1st 2014)
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Rebecca Foster
Unless you have a particular interest in astronomy, you might find there is too much science and too little Shakespeare in this book. Falk, a Canadian science journalist with two previous physics books under his belt, is at his best when weaving in on-the-ground tales of library and museum visits, or anecdotes about tracking down Shakespeare sites in Stratford and London. Especially delightful is his “time traveler’s walk” through London, in which he imagines twenty-first century trappings dropp...more
Mel
I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reader Giveaway.

As with all things Shakespeare, there's a lack of true "proof" for much of what the author is arguing, but he talks quite openly about that. The book is presented very clearly as a theory, and gives a fascinating overview of the world Shakespeare lived in, and the many theories and discoveries he could have encountered. I really enjoyed the depth given to the history of the time, and the care the author took in mak...more
Lia Burres
Since I love reading anything by William Shakespeare, I had to give this book a go. With my love of stars, combined with science, I had to practically pull myself away just to do something, anything else needed to be done.

The book literally covers the thought process of the plays, stars, science and many other things that had to do with William's life. He studied the stars through astrology, science as a whole. You actually learn more about his life and the things he done throughout his time. It...more
Jake
Around the time of Shakespeare there were two views of the solar system: the older view was Earth-centered (Ptolemaic), and the newer view was Sun-centered (Copernican). In The Science of Shakespeare, Dan Falk provides a wonderfully accessible history lesson explaining these two astronomical systems--how the Ptolemaic view dominated for so long and then was overtaken by the Copernican theory (roughly around the time Shakespeare wrote Hamlet). If Mr. Falk’s book had been solely, or even mostly, a...more
Jessica
Such an epic read on shakespeare and his perspective. anyone looking for a fabulous read, choose this!
Rachel Parrott
Liking science, Shakespeare, and history this was a great read. The Science of Shakespeare is accessibly written with delightful asides as well.

I received my copy from Goodreads First Reads and have already passed it on to my sister.
GONZA
There are many ways to read Shakespeare: the author of this essay, research in the tragedies, comedies and relatively even in the sonnets, all of the various hypotheses to test his thesis and that is that Shakespeare, as well as a great writer and poet, was also a connoisseur of science and empirical research that took place during his time. Interesting, but if you are not experts on the subject and absolutely interested, this book might be slightly hard.

Ci sono tanti modi di leggere Shakespeare...more
Steve
This is a very good overview of the impact of the scientific revolution on the Tudor Age. The question is always there. "How educated was Shakespeare" and "Who did he know, outside the world of Tudor/Jacobean
theater". Dan Falk takes you on an interesting tour of the science of the time and how it may be found in the plays of the Bard of Stratford.
Matt
A hypothetical conversation between a young (“almost nine”) William and his father opens this book. The two comment on what may or may not be a new star in the sky, with the father asking his son to speak in Latin. This helps set the tone with regards to the science and the language of the day. Shakespeare lived in interesting times; surely the breakthroughs in scientific thought interested him? Dan Falk addresses this question to great effect, drawing from the work of other researchers but synt...more
Tony Parsons
What could have been better than hanging with William Shakespeare when the Scientific Revolution began/evolved? Or better yet watching his marvelous plays (stars, constellations, space) with the King/Queen setting in the balcony.

Wow all the many researched historical theories & discoveries pieced together juxtaposed; oxymoron; methodical)? Is there a link between the 2, as the author tries to predict/show (hypotheses)? He kind of convinced me.

What an awesome book cover, great illustration,...more
Erin
This was an interesting concept.
Sarah Holz
Admittedly, the audience for this book is the niche group who watched Cosmos every Sunday this past spring and is constantly trolling about for live Shakespeare opportunities. Fortunately for Dan Falk, I am that niche audience that equally enjoyed both the discussions on the birth of Renaissance astronomy and Will's works.
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I'm a science journalist, author, and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada. I've written three books so far: My first book, Universe on a T-Shirt, looked at the quest for a unified theory of physics, while In Search of Time explored the physics and philosophy of time.

I'm very excited about my new book, The Science of Shakespeare, to be published this April! This time I turn the clock back 400 year...more
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