Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 17 Aug 18   

julian day:   2458348
year day:      229      
sun rise:  6:51a, set:  8:09p
moon:  6.2 days

  settlers arrive on expedition organized by Walter Raleigh and led by Ralph Lane to colonize Roanoke Island—first colony, 1585
Allies complete the conquest of Sicily, 1943
Double Eagle II becomes first manned balloon to cross the Atlantic, 1978
first CD's roll off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany, 1982
Michael Phelps sets record by earning his eighth gold medal in a single Olympics, 2008
van is driven into a crowd of people on the Las Ramblas avenue in Barcelona—13 killed, 100 others injured, 2017
gravitational waves are detected from the merger of two neutron stars, GW170817, in NGC 4993 about 130 million light-years distant, 2017

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

When someone asserts that another is "crooked" without evidence it is likely a "trumped up charge." 
L Turner

Men don't think any differently from women—they just make more fuss about being able to. 
Tamora Pierce

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

Larry and Cathy

Don't worry about tomorrow.  God is already there.

Anything you can do in classical physics, we can do better in quantum physics. 
Daniel Kleppner

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. 
Thomas Jefferson

Don't Panic

Time is the wisest counsellor of all. 


All science requires mathematics.  The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us.  This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one's brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon. 
Roger Bacon

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. 
Galileo Galilei

Edmontosaurus annectins

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program.  And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right! 
Larry Niven
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. 
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Southwestern Adventist University

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. 
Albert Einstein

Teaching Principle:
20.  To "save a student" by making exceptions is generally to enable his or her dysfunction—it is better to put them out of their misery.


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

The secret to creativity in knowing how to hide your sources. 
Albert Einstein

You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times.  But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. 
Nicholas Sparks

Friendship is sharing the last piece of chocolate.

10 cards is a decacards


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

You can't take something off the Internet—it's like taking pee out of a pool.


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!

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

The most useful mathematics to model bovine behaviour is cowculus. 
L. Turner

My γ makes the best π!

pax et bonum
As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing.

The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever,
Who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, ....
Revelation 10:5,6  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

55,427, 369,549, 850,229, 298,148, 783,493, 465,935, 177,216       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18