Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 22 Apr 19   

julian day:   2458596
year day:      112      
sun rise:  6:50a, set:  8:00p
moon:  17.1 days

  Oklahoma land rush begins at high noon, 1889
British yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, 1969
Earth Day initiated, 1970
American wilderness photographer Ansel Adams dies, age 82, 1984
Italian-American physicist and Nobel laureate Emilio Gino Segrà dies, age 84, 1989
Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th president (1969-1974) and only president to resign, dies, age 81, 1994
Pakistani nuclear physicist and engineer, "father of Pakistan's atomic bomb project," Munir Ahmad Khan dies in Vienna, age 72, 1999
Rita Levi-Montalcini becomes first Nobel Prize recipient (Medicine) to live to 100, 2009
Venezuelan painter and muralist Oswaldo Vigas dies in Caracas, age 90, 2014
freight train carrying hundreds of illegal passengers derails in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—48 killed and 162 othes injured, 2014
suicide bomb at a voter registration center in Kabul kills 48 and injures over 100 others, 2018

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

Cowards [are] the first to resort to a show of force. 
Tom Clancy

If you can't say anything nice about someone, then make up something bad and shout it loudly (and/or with a misspelled tweet), preferably with derisive name. 
L. Turner

Humour.  It is a difficult concept. 

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

Larry and Cathy

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

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet. 
Niels Bohr

I often quote myself.  It adds spice to my conversation. 
George Bernard Shaw

Don't Panic

Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn. 
Delmore Schwartz


Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. 
Kristen Butler

The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter.
We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of this realm.
Sir James Jeans

My battery is low and it's getting dark. 
paraphrase of last communication from Opportunity

Edmontosaurus annectins

Thesaurus:  a species of dinosaur with skin covered with words.
Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life. 
William Law

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Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves. 
Maltbie Babcock

Teaching Principle:
12.  Your most important priority is to all those people in the future that the student will interact with professionally.


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

We become what we think about. 
Earl Nightingale

The world is full of willing people—some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. 
Robert Frost

Chocolate flows in deep dark, sweet waves—a river to ignite my mind and alert my senses.

1 trillion dactyls = 1 teradactyl


Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. 
Mary Bly

I wonder what my parents did to fight boredom before the internet.  I asked my 17 brothers and sisters and they didn't know either.


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

Your mouse has moved.  Please restart Windows for the change to take effect.

A statistician is a mathematician broken down by age and sex.

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

Too much π gives you a large circumference!

pax et bonum
A pun arrests the conversation for a moment.  It was going somewhere, and suddenly it's been wrenched onto a different track. 
George Gopen
Any sufficiently advanced tool can be used for something it wasn't intended for. 
Throop's Law

[Television] won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months.  People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. 
Darryl Zanuck, 1946

Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it: ....
Isaiah 42:5  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

24, 906,197, 405,682, 334,442, 788,350, 937,519, 526,877, 954,635, 146,269       

Last modified:  7 Apr 19