Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Sunday, 22 Jul 18   

julian day:   2458322
year day:      203      
sun rise:  6:34a, set:  8:31p
moon:  9.2 days

  group of English settlers led by John White arrive on Roanoke Island to re-establish abandoned colony, 1587
Wiley Post becomes first person to fly solo around the world—Lockheed Vega monoplane Winnie Mae, 1933
American poet Carl Sandburg dies, age 89, 1967
Venera 8 makes soft-landing on Venus, 1972
American architect Natalie Griffin de Blois dies, age 92, 2013
6.6 earthquake and aftershocks strikes Dingxi, China—kill 95, and injure 2395 others, 2013
George Alexander Louis, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton and heir to the British throne, is born in London, 2013
South African Branden Grace sets a men's major championship record 62-stroke round on the British Open's Royal Birkdale, 2017

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

The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.

"To pun or not to pun?"
If that is the question, then always choose "to pun!"

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

Larry and Cathy

Man is born broken.  He lives by mending.  The grace of God is glue. 
Eugene O'Neill

The only thing that is certain in quantum mechanics is that everything is uncertain. 
Mario Livio

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted. 
Hesketh Pearson

Don't Panic

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. 
William Feather


I have a vast curiosity about our universe, our origins, and its probable future. 
Jack Williamson

Every time man makes a new experiment, he always learns more.  He cannot learn less. 
R. Buckminster Fuller

Edmontosaurus annectins

When I'm bored I pretend I'm a dinosaur!
Retirement is the beginning of the time when you can sit back and give advice to others, even though you never followed it in your own life.

Southwestern Adventist University

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It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others–and less trouble. 
Van Dyke

Teaching Principle:
22.  If you treat a college student as a child, he will remain a child.  If you let him experience the consequences of his decisions, he may learn.


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

Imagination is the air of mind. 
Philip James Bailey

... good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes. 
Omar Bradley

Some people hear the little voices in their heads.
I hear the sound of little chocolates being unwrapped...

a computer file with 1 million billion bytes is a petafile


Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man. 
Paul Gray

Attention is the limited resource on the internet—not disk capacity, processor speed or bandwidth. 
Mills Davis


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

There are two major products that came out of Berkeley:  LSD and UNIX.
We do not believe this to be a coincidence.
Joe Chew

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all. 
Charles Babbage

Useful Stuff

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

It isn't that they can't see the solution.
It is that they can't see the problem.
G. K. Chesterton

The sweetest expression in all of mathematics is πt.

pax et bonum
Technology is ruled by two types of people:  those who manage what they do not understand, and those who understand what they do not manage. 
Mike Trout

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3,4  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

49,449, 908,127, 807,557, 511,093, 522,528, 484,314, 716,928       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18