Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 23 Oct 18   

julian day:   2458415
year day:      296      
sun rise:  7:36a, set:  6:45p
moon:  14.2 days

  United Nations General Assembly first meets in New York, 1946
digital projector technology publicly demonstrated for the first time with the release of "The Last Broadcast", 1998
Discovery launches to dock with International Space Station—both spacecraft commanded by women, 2007
continuous occupation of International Space Station exceeds record of Mir—3644 days, 2010
last command sent to ESA's Planck space telescope terminating its mission after almost 4.5 years, 2013
American astronaut and member of the first manned Skylab mission Paul Joseph Weitz dies, age 85, 2017
Mole Day—celebrated from 6:02am to 6:02pm

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

Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you.

The future ain't what it used to be.

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

Larry and Cathy

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 
Revelation 4:8

Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him 
Jeremy Aldana

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.

Don't Panic

Time moves in one direction, memory in another. 
William Gibson


We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it. 
Timothy Ferris

The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result.  He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up.  His work is like that of the planter—for the future.  His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. 
Nikola Tesla

Edmontosaurus annectins

Dinosaurs went extinct because they suffered from 'Reptile Disfunction.'
Be a good steward of your gifts.  Protect your time.  Feed your inner life.  Avoid too much noise.  Read good books, have good sentences in your ears.  Be by yourself as often as you can.  Walk.  Take the phone off the hook. 
Jane Kenyon

Southwestern Adventist University

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We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. 
Will Durant

Teaching Principle:
0.  First of all, do no harm.    Primum est non nocere.


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

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. 
Madeleine L'Engle

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. 
John Ruskin

Chocolate flows in deep dark, sweet waves—a river to ignite my mind and alert my senses.

1,000,000 aches is 1 megahertz


When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her? 

If an anonymous comment goes unread, is it still irritating?


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

Prolonged contact with the computer turns mathematicians into clerks and vice versa. 
Alan Perlis

On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your favorite color in the alphabet?

Useful Stuff

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

I, for one, like Roman Numerals.

If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi. 
Richard Preston

pax et bonum
Technology has the shelf life of a banana. 
Scott McNealy

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Psalm 19:1  NIV

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

178,920, 926,680, 748,445, 749,527, 460,455, 857,065, 078,904       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18