Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Sunday, 24 Jun 18   

julian day:   2458294
year day:      175      
sun rise:  6:20a, set:  8:37p
moon:  10.6 days

  first recorded sighting of North America by explorer John Cabot, 1497
Fridtjof Nansen departs in Fram to explore arctic region, 1893
U.S.S.R. halts all surface traffic to Berlin—leads to the Berlin airlift, 1948
NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite is launched, 1999
German mathematician Gerhard Ringel dies in Santa Cruz, California, age 88, 2008
British Information Technology consultant and author James Martin dies in Bermuda, age 79, 2013
ESA's COnvection ROtation and planetary Transits satellite COROT retired after 6 year 6 month mission (2.5 years nominal), 2013
Italian mathematician Mauro Francaviglia dies, age 60, 2013

H2O + NH3 + C2H5 + PDQ + U235 and a pinch of salt

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common—they should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.

In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot. 
Arthur Koestler

Larry Turner and Cathy Turner (Lawrence Turner and Catherine Turner), 2006

Larry and Cathy

National Atheist's Day:  April 1.

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet. 
Niels Bohr

You will die but the words you speak or spoke, will live forever. 
Auliq Ice

Don't Panic

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. 
Emily Dickinson


Some advice:  keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams.  That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy.  And also, learn the math.  Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language. 
Michio Kaku

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. 

Edmontosaurus annectins

The great extinction that wiped out all of the dinosaurs, large and small, in all parts of the world, and at the same time brought to an end various lines of reptilian evolution, was one of the outstanding events in the history of life and in the history of the earth.... It was an event that has defied all attempts at a satisfactory explanation. 
Edwin Colbert
When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch. 
R.C. Sherriff

Southwestern Adventist University

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It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. 
Albert Einstein

Teaching Principle:
G.  The bigger of an "empire" an administrator trys to build or the greater control he or she insists on, the more incompetent.


Summer Research

 Dinosaur Project
 GPS Techniques, GSA 2000
 Unusual Assemblage, GSA 2001
 Digital Modeling with GIS, SVP 2002
 Recreating Using GIS, SVP 2003
 Five Years Experience Using GIS, SVP 2004
 The Use of GPS, SVP 2004   html version
 Taphonomic Windows, GSA 2005
 Depositional Model, SVP 2006
 Ten Years Excavation, SVP 2010
 Digitation of Taphonomic Data, GSA 2015
 Digital Reconstruction Techniques in Taphonomy, JOT 2016
 Tall Jalul, Jordan
 GPS Survey System at Tall Jalul, ASOR 2004

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. 
Theodore Vail

An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame. 
Sam Ewing

Friendship is sharing the last piece of chocolate.

1 billion los is a gigalo


People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life. 
Faith Resnick

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers.  A librarian can bring you back the right one. 
Neil Gaiman


Written Stuff

 A.L.I.C.E. Alice's Little Introduction to the Computer Enigma
 In the Beginning A story of God and the universe
 Parable of the Them A story of planetary exploration
 The Hadrosaur A morning in the life of a young hadrosaur
 Teaching Principles General Teaching Principles
 General Laws General Computer Laws and Other Laws
 God's Will What does God want for us?
 The Family Decision What is best?
 The Farm A teenager and her summer on her grandfather's farm
 Diary * Diary of a young woman

Power corrupts; PowerPoint corrupts absolutely. 
Vint Cerf

Statisticians are like the drunk leaning against the lamp pole—they are there for support not illumination.

Useful Stuff

 Pi, pie and more π
 Truth Tables
 Prime Factors
 Roman Numeral Arithmetic
 Gaussian Elimination
 Periodic Table

Five out of four people do not understand fractions.

Too much π gives you a large circumference!

pax et bonum
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world:  the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.— Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. 
George Bernard Shaw

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens; ....
Proverbs 3:19  NKJV

Keene, Texas, United States of America, North America, Earth, Solar System, Orion-Cygnus Arm, United Federation of Planets, Alpha Quadrant, Milky Way Galaxy,
Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Laniakea Supercluster

32,061, 973,662, 497,429, 827,689, 996,055, 565,324, 107,776       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18