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"Science as a Way of Knowing"

2014 Tanner Lecture on Human Values with Neil deGrasse Tyson
March 26, 2014

In his lecture, Dr. 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 that it is the most rigorous means to discover elusive answers to questions large and small.

Dr. 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.  Dr. Tyson's research interests are primarily related to the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the formation of stars, supernovas, and dwarf galaxies. He directs the scientific research efforts of the Hayden Planetarium and guides its educational outreach, working closely with the Museum's Department of Education. Tyson also serves as a visiting research scientist in the Department of Astrophysics at Princeton University.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write, for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine. Among Tyson's ten books are his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to a PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. Tyson also hosted the PBS-NOVA spinoff program NOVA ScienceNow, and is currently working on a reboot of the landmark television series COSMOS, to air on the Fox network on March 9, 2014.


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