Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Wednesday, 22 May 19   

julian day:   2458626
year day:      142      
sun rise:  6:24a, set:  8:21p
moon:  17.8 days

  Constantine dies, age about 65, 337
first life insurance policy in the United States issued in Philadelphia, 1761
French author Victor Marie Hugo dies in Paris, age 83, 1885
Lunar Module of Apollo 10, Snoopy, makes its closest approach to the lunar surface—47,400 feet (14.4 km), 1969
Windows 3.0 is released by Microsoft, 1990
inaugural Genesis Prize is awarded to Michael R. Bloomberg, 2014
terrorist bombing attack in a busy street market in Ürümqi, China results in 43 killed and over 90 others injured, 2014
American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Philip Milton Roth dies in New York CIty, age 85, 2018
Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) twin satellite launches on a Falcon 9, 2018

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

Denying the undeniable just makes you sound like a fool as well as a liar. 
Ally Carter

An innocent person when accused will firmly protest his or her innocence.
A guilty person will attack the accuser, and the more vile the attack the more guilty he or she is.
L. Turner

If I had a dollar for everytime I got distracted...I wish I had some ice cream!

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

Larry and Cathy

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

In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it. 
John Archibald Wheeler

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself. 
Marlene Dietrich

Don't Panic

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. 
Emily Dickinson


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

Some advice:  keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams.  That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy.  And also, learn the math.  Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language. 
Michio Kaku

Science is fun.  Science is curiosity.  We all have natural curiosity.  Science is a process of investigating.  It's posing questions and coming up with a method.  It's delving in. 
Sally Ride

Edmontosaurus annectins

The phrase 'the fossil record' sounds impressive and authoritative.  As used by some persons it becomes, as intended, intimidating, taking on the aura of esoteric truth as expounded by an elite class of specialists.  But what is it, really, this fossil record?  Only data in search of interpretation.  All claims to the contrary that I know, and I know of several, are so much superstition. 
Gareth J. Nelson
The best thing about good old days is that we were neither good nor old.

Southwestern Adventist University

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Education is the wing on which dreams fly.

Teaching Principle:
23.  If no student complains about you, then you are not doing a good job because your standards are too low.


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

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. 
David Allen

Whatever it takes to finish things, finish.  You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished. 
Neil Gaiman

Caramels are only a fad.  Chocolate is a permanent thing. 
Milton Snavely Hershey

1 trillionth of a boo is a picoboo


The smallest feline is a masterpiece. 
Leonardo da Vinci

Somewhere an elderly lady reads a book on how to use the internet, while a young boy googles "how to read a book".


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

F u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng.

Data are plural except aboard the Enterprise-D! 
L. Turner

Useful Stuff

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

Mathematics possesses not only truth, but also supreme beauty. 
Bertrand Russell

Computing many digits of π is easy as pi!

pax et bonum
Every time I tell a punny cow joke, I butcher it.
A refrigerator is a wonderful technological development in that it not only preserves fresh food but serves as a storage device for leftovers and restaurant "doggy bags" until they can be thrown out. 
L. Turner

No one will need more than 637KB of memory for a personal computer.  640KB ought to be enough for anybody. 
Bill Gates, 1989

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Psalm 102:25  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

57, 037,183, 646,462, 284,499, 168,036, 250,154, 019,322, 717,476, 876,808       

Last modified:  12 May 19