Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 19 Jan 18   

julian day:   2458138
year day:      19      
sun rise:  7:27a, set:  5:47p
moon:  2.4 days

  Mohammad, Islamic prophet, born, 570
James Watt born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1736
food storage in tin cans is patented by Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett, 1825
board game Scrabble debuts, 1955
American actress and voice actress Suzanne Pleshette dies in Los Angeles, age 70, 2008
American professional baseball player Stanley Frank "Stan" Musial dies, age 92, 2013
17-story Plasco Building in Tehran, Iran, collapses during a fire starting on the ninth floor—20 killed and 230 others injured, 2017

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

Tweeting badly about someone else since they aren't able to defend themselves says more about you than the person you're tweeting about. 
L Turner

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. 
Fred Allen

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

Larry and Cathy

It is important that the universe have creatures that can contemplate and understand it.
God created the universe out of a vacuum.  He did not create the universe in a vacuum.
L. Turner

The conception of objective reality ... has thus evaporated ... into the transparent clarity of mathematics. 
Werner Heisenberg

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. 
Laurence J. Peter

Don't Panic

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.  Why isn't it working? 
John Archibald Wheeler
L. Turner


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

Nature has been kind to us.  Being governed by universal laws, rather than by mere parochial bylaws, she has given us an opportunity to decipher her grand design. 
Mario Livio

Edmontosaurus annectins

If history repeats itself, I am so getting a dinosaur!
When you come to a fork in the road....
Take it!
Yogi Berra

Southwestern Adventist University

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Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom. 
William George Jordan

Teaching Principle:
26.  There is no shortcut (eg. copying, cramming, using answer book, memorizing test bank or old tests) to long-term academic success.


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

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. 
Sydney Harris

What is the meaning of life?  All evidence to date suggests it's chocolate.

1/10 mole of any substance is a decimal value


If cats could talk, they wouldn't.

Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net, it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame. 
M.G. Sriram


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

Microsoft is not the answer.  Microsoft is the question.  'No' is the answer. 
Erik Naggum

If you need statistics to prove it, it isn't true.

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

Numbers are our friends.
We do not eat numbers.
Except, of course, π!
L. Turner

pax et bonum
Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened. 
Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

I have made the earth,
And created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And all their host I have commanded.
Isaiah 45:12  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

6,778, 683,096, 330,742, 090,379, 681,978, 239,344, 967,680       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17