Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics
Pacific Union College

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired
Southwestern Adventist University

Saturday, 24 Aug 19   

julian day:   2458720
year day:      236      
sun rise:  6:55a, set:  8:01p
moon:  24.0 days

  Mt. Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum in southern Italy, 79
Alaric leads the Visigoths to sack Rome, 410
St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Huguenots in Paris, 1572
German record setting aviator and the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class Hanna Reitsch dies in Frankfort, age 67, 1979
Pete Rose is banned for life from baseball for gambling, 1989
IAU votes to reclassify Pluto—no longer a planet, 2006
English actor, film director, and producer Richard Samuel Attenborough dies in Cambridge, UK, age 90, 2014
6.0 earthquake strikes near Napa, California, 2014

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

A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country 
Don Marquis

There's so many nicknames I'm inclined to give this guy, you can just start with clown. 
Joe Biden


 Office Schedule

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. 
Romain Gary

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

Larry and Cathy

God is the best listener.  You don't need to shout, nor cry out loud, because he hears even the very silent prayer of a sincere heart.

To understand something means to derive it from quantum mechanics, which nobody understands.

You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

Don't Panic

Time has a way of showing us what really matters.


Did you miss the sunrise?  Try tomorrow, I will do it again

To not know math is a severe limitatio to understanding the world. 
Richard Feynman

Science:  because figuring things out is better than making stuff up.

Edmontosaurus annectins

The dinosaur's eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better. 
Eric Johnston
I don't feel old.  I don't feel anything until noon.  Then it's time for my nap. 
Bob Hope

Pacific Union College

 PUC home
      General Catalog

I hate insect puns, they really bug me.

Southwestern Adventist University

 Southwestern home
      Academic Calendar
      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Teaching Principle:
13.  Keep in mind:  Ecclesiastes 1:13,   Ecclesiastes 12:12,   2 Timothy 2:15,   Daniel 5:25,   Matthew 10:24.


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

Believe you can and you're halfway there. 
Theodore Roosevelt

I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them.  The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles. 
Scott Adams

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

10 dence is 1 decadence


My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, "Teach me everything you know."

The Internet is the world's largest library.  It's just that all the books are on the floor. 
John Allen Paulos


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

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one. 
Alan Perlis

Thou shalt not infer causal relationships from statistical significance.

Useful Stuff

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

Ranchers count their cows with a cowculator.

My PIN is the last four digits of π.

pax et bonum
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been. 
William Golding

N 38°  34′  20.6″
W 122°  26′  25.9″
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently.  But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. 
James Surowiecki

In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution... by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.... 
Life Magazine, 1970

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

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

19,428, 856,724, 803,636, 543,695, 044,433, 624,124, 833,930, 693,233, 519,367       

Last modified:  14 Aug 19