SALT LAKE CITY — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will give the 2014 Tanner Lecture on Human Values, sponsored by the University of Utah's Tanner Humanities Center. The event is Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall.
Tyson's sold-out lecture, "Science as a Way of Knowing," will be broadcast live to the Marriott Library's Gould Auditorium, 295 S. 1500 East, the Social and Behavioral Science Lecture Hall, 392 S. 1530 East, and the Social Work Building Auditorium, 395 S. 1500 East, on the U. campus. Broadcasts are free and open to the public, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
In his lecture, Tyson makes the case for science as a way to understand human values and explores how the scientific process is critical for comprehending the world and universe. He argues it is the most rigorous means to discover elusive answers to questions large and small.
"Tyson is a key voice for promoting scientific exploration as a vital component of humanity's drive for understanding," said Bob Goldberg, professor of history and director of the Tanner Humanities Center.
Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium and a member of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His research interests are primarily related to the structure of the Milky Way galaxy and the formation of stars, supernovas and dwarf galaxies.