Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 16 Nov 18   

julian day:   2458439
year day:      320      
sun rise:  6:56a, set:  5:25p
moon:  9.0 days

  Francisco Pizarro captures Atahualpa thereby conquering the Inca civilization, 1532
the bill authorizing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline signed, 1973
NASA's X-45A sets speed record for 'air-breathing' engine of Mach 10, 2004
Europe's solar-powered SMART-1 probe enters lunar orbit, 2004
American mathematician Oscar Lanford dies, age 73, 2013
fireball explodes over northern Finland, 2017
International Committee for Weights and Measures votes to redefine the kilogram and retire the standard Le Grand K, 2018

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

When you allow your ego to control your thoughts, everything you believe becomes an illusion. 
Rusty Eric

Understatement is a zillion times more effective than exaggeration! 
Alfred E. Neuman

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

Larry and Cathy

God is infinite, so His universe must be too.  Thus is the excellence of God magnified and the greatness of His kingdom made manifest; He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds. 
Giordana Bruno

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. 
Anaïs Nin

People will always accept your ideas if you say Ben Franklin said it first. 
"Ben Franklin"

Don't Panic

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. 
Gloria Pitzer


Seven days without a pun makes one weak.

Math is the language God used to write the unverse.

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. 
Charles Sanders Pierce

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 enjoy waking up and not having to go to work.  So I do it three or four times a day. 
Gene Perret

Southwestern Adventist University

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Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly. 
Mark Twain

Teaching Principle:
6.  Only those students who do not need help will ask for it.  Those who do need help will not ask.


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

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined. 
Leo Rosten

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. 
Vince Lombardi

White chocolate—a contradiction in terms!

1 millionth of a mouthwash is a microscope


Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.  Cats have never forgotten this.

Hate to break it to you, Facebook, but the entire Internet is already a Dislike button. 
Josh Groban


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 10 types of people in the world:
Those who understand binary arithmetic,
and those who don't!

Generally a datum more than about four standard deviations from the mean is considered an outlier.  A datum more than six standard deviations is thus an out and outlier. 
L. Turner

Useful Stuff

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

Life is complex. It has its real and imaginary components.

If you compute π using a Mac, does that make it an apple pi?

pax et bonum
Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature. 
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it: ....
Isaiah 42:5  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

21, 156,507, 475,876, 561,307, 282,278, 927,498, 191,364, 405,146       

Last modified:  7 Nov 18