Seb Falk is a historian, teacher, broadcaster and historical consultant. In 2016 he was named a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker.
His first book, The Light Ages (2020), is a wide-ranging history of medieval science, told through the life of an extraordinary monk, John of Westwyk. At each stage of John's adventurous life as a novice and exile, crusader and inventor, we learn what he learned, seeing that the Middle Ages were far more advanced than is often assumed.
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He specialises in the history of astronomy, navigation and mathematics - theories and technologies - from their ancient origins to modern developments.
Seb is a qualified teacher and a Yachtmaster. He has led mountain expeditions and run many marathons, worked in government and served as a Special Constable. He is as comfortable sailing by the stars – while singing old sea shanties – as demonstrating ancient mathematical techniques. As a lecturer and museum curator, he makes past science come alive, using authentic historic instruments and helping participants get hands-on with replicas.
Seb received his B.A. in History and Spanish from Oxford University, and an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge. He stayed at Cambridge for a Ph.D., completing his thesis on late medieval astronomical instruments in 2016.
He lives in Cambridge, UK, with his wife and two children.