Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Saturday, 21 Oct 17   

julian day:   2458048
year day:      294      
sun rise:  7:34a, set:  6:47p
moon:  1.5 days

  44-gun frigate USS Constitution launched in Boston, 1797
Lord Horatio Nelson killed in action (age 47) during the Royal Navy victory at Trafalgar, 1805
Medicine Lodge Treaty—three treaties signed between U.S. and Native American tribes who are assigned specific reservations, 1867
Thomas Edison tests first practical electric light bulb, 1879
Danish astronomer Ejnar Hertzsprung dies, age 94, 1967
Polish educator, teacher and Holocaust survivor Antoni Dobrowolski dies, age 108—oldest known survivor of Auschwitz, 2012

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

Better to remain silent and thought a fool
than tweet and remove all doubt!

Hyperbole is the best thing ever!

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

Larry and Cathy

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God 
Corrie Ten Bloom

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. 
Niels Bohr

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

Don't Panic

You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it. 
Charles Buxton


The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. 
Carl Sagan

In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature. 
Carl Sagan

Edmontosaurus annectins

I believe implicitly that every young man in the world is fascinated with either sharks or dinosaurs 
Peter Benchley
When you come to a fork in the road....
Take it!
Yogi Berra

Southwestern Adventist University

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The day [faculty] stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.  They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.  Either case is a failure of leadership. 
Colin Powell, updated

Teaching Principle:
11.  Do not let a student's procrastination become your crisis.


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

Live out of your imagination, not your history. 
Stephen R. Covey

Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can. 
Arthur Ashe

Will work for chocolate.

10 sions is a decision


There are many intelligent species in the universe.
They are all owned by cats.

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. 
Eric Schmidt


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

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God. 
Alan Perlis

The great majority of people have more than the average number of legs.

Useful Stuff

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

A mathphobic disliked negative numbers so much he would stop at nothing to avoid them.

Contrary to popular belief and what most mathematicians will tell you, all of the digits in the decimal expansion of π are known!
They are: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.  It is the order that they appear that is not known.

pax et bonum
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. 
Edward Teller

He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
The Lord is His name.
Amos 5:8  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

2,521, 296,193, 339,320, 020,180, 390,495, 668,729, 282,560       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17