Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Wednesday, 13 Dec 17   

julian day:   2458101
year day:      347      
sun rise:  7:19a, set:  5:22p
moon:  25.5 days

  New Zealand discovered by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, 1642
Mt. Wilson's 60-inch telescope, first large modern reflector, sees first light, 1908
first active communications satellite, Relay 1, is launched by NASA, 1962
U.S. Mint begins stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, 1978
closest encounter of China's Chang'e 2 with asteroid Toutatis, 2012
NASA launches a sounding rocket Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL)—first mission with Earth in the helium-focusing cone, 2012
Canadian actor, songwriter, game and talk show host Alan Willis Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffrey) dies in Burbank, California, age 69, 2016

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

It is simple to determine when a politician is lying—it's when the lips are moving.

Becoming a vegetarian is a hugh missed steak!

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

Larry and Cathy

National Atheist's Day:  April 1.

No effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. 
Helen Keller

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. 
Samuel Palmer

Don't Panic

Albert Einstein developed a theory of space, and it was about time too.


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

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. 
Edwin Powell Hubble

Edmontosaurus annectins

RAWR!   Means 'I Love You' in dinosaur.
Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages.
Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.
William Shakespeare, Cymbeline

Southwestern Adventist University

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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

The primary of purpose of a university is to transform a student from depending upon a teacher to be taught to learning independently. 
L. Turner

Teaching Principle:
4.  It they don't do it correctly the first time, they never will.


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

There's nothing wrong with building dream castles as long as you don't try to move in.

Never get into an argument with an idiot.  They only bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

I could give up chocolate, but I'm not a quitter.

10 millipedes is 1 centipede


A cat would be man's best friend, but never stoops to it.

The internet is just a world passing notes around a classroom. 
Jon Stewart


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 computer is almost human—except that it does not blame its mistakes on another computer.

If you want three opinions, just ask two statisticians.

Useful Stuff

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

Mathematics is an independent world created out of pure intelligence. 
William Wordsworth

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
Rocket science is a product of Isaac Newton in the 17th century.
The development of the rocket technology of the past century is Rocket Engineering!
L. Turner

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

4,113, 030,599, 440,991, 585,224, 124,293, 423,319, 482,368       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17