Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 23 May 17   

julian day:   2457897
year day:      143      
sun rise:  6:24a, set:  8:23p
moon:  27.4 days

  John Rolfe and other survivors of the wreck of the Sea Venture in present-day Bermuda, arrive in Jamestown, 1610
Benjamin Franklin publishes his invention of bifocals, 1785
the North West Mounted Police force (Mounties) formed in Canada, 1873
Bonnie (Elizabeth Parker), age 23, and Clyde (Chestnut Barrow), age 25, killed in a police ambush near Black Lake, Louisiana, 1934
CO2 levels in Antarctica reach 400 ppm, 2016

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

What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?

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

Larry and Cathy

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible. 
Miguel de Unamuno

Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired. 
Richard Kemph

Don't Panic

Time is the longest distance between two places. 
Tennessee Williams


For a physicist mathematics is not just a tool by means of which phenomena can be calculated, it is the main source of concepts and principles by means of which new theories can be created. 
F. Dyson

Any discipline with the name 'Science' in its title, is not one.

Edmontosaurus annectins

I believe implicitly that every young man in the world is fascinated with either sharks or dinosaurs 
Peter Benchley
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire. 
Margaret Mead

Southwestern Adventist University

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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

It isn't enough just to learn—one must learn how to learn, how to learn without classrooms, without teachers, without textbooks. Learn, in short, how to think and analyze and decide and discover and create. 
Michael Bassis

Teaching Principle:
F.  If a college or university accepts that just "knowledge" is its aim, the institution has lost its quality of education.


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
 Tall Jalul, Jordan
 GPS Survey System at Tall Jalul, ASOR 2004

The secret to creativity in knowing how to hide your sources. 
Albert Einstein

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out. 
Ronald Reagan

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.
It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

one trillion male bovines is one terabull


Human (n):  Useful domestic animal popular with cats.

The Internet is for lonely people.  People should live. 
Charlton Heston


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

When we write programs that "learn", it turns out we do and they don't. 
Alan Perlis

Luck enters into every contingency.  You are a fool if you forget it—and a greater fool if you count upon it. 
Phyllis Bottome

Useful Stuff

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

...the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. 
The Mock Turtle–Lewis Caroll

√−1  23  Σ  π ... and it was delicious!

pax et bonum
The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. 
Dennis Gabor

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

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Last modified:  13 Apr 17