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BYU chemist to speak on science and religion at 2014 Summerhays Lecture

  • What: 2014 Summerhays Lecture by Dr. John  D. Lamb
  • When: Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Harold B. Lee Library, Room 1080
  • summerhays.byu.edu

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce that Dr. John D. Lamb, a recently retired BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty, will deliver the 2014 Summerhays Lecture. The lecture is open to the public and will be on Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m., in BYU's Harold B. Lee Library, room 1080.

Lamb's address, entitled The Dogma Trap, seeks to explore the seemingly conflicting natures of science and religion, which he believes have one important truth in common—both are grounded in faith in fundamental principles. 

“Keep in mind that what you learn here will be of value to you forever,” he said. “Many of the advances that we have seen in science over time have come about from people who were well educated, but also took the perspective that an open mind and thinking outside the box can lead to new insights.”

Lamb graduated from BYU with high honors in 1971 and received his PhD from BYU in inorganic physical chemistry in 1978. He joined the faculty of the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1984. From 1998 to the time of his retirement in July 2014, Lamb was the Eliot A. Butler Professor of Chemistry at BYU. During his career, Lamb also served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

As a seeker of physical and eternal truth, Lamb believes his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped him to become an even better scientist because he strives to maintain an eternal perspective in all of his study.

“The idea that the physical world is actually part of a long sequence of an eternal existence makes learning about the physical world more fascinating and more valuable, in my mind,” he said.

More information: summerhays.byu.edu

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