Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 25 Jul 17   

julian day:   2457960
year day:      206      
sun rise:  6:36a, set:  8:29p
moon:  2.7 days

  James VI of Scotland is crowned James I of England and Ireland uniting the kingdoms under personal rule, 1603
Louis Blëriot is first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, 1909
first human born from in vitro fertilization—Louise Brown in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, 1978
Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to walk in space—from Salyut 7, 1984
Pratibha Devisingh Patil becomes India's first female president, 2007
Solar Impulse 2 lands in Abu Dhabi completing the first circumnavigation of the earth by a solar powered plane, 2016

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

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. 
Romain Gary

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

Larry and Cathy

Holiness is not the way to Christ.  Christ is the way to holiness. 
Adrian Rogers

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments—there are consequences. 
Robert Ingersoll

Don't quote me; That's what you heard, not what I said. 
Lawrence K. Frank

Don't Panic

True happiness is ... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. 


Number rules the universe. 

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Edmontosaurus annectins

Traditional dinosaur theory is full of short circuits.  Like the antiquated wiring in an old house, the details sputter and burn out when specific parts are tested. 
Robert T. Bakker
Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life. 
Kitty O’Neill Collins

Southwestern Adventist University

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A little learning is a dangerous thing,
but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.
Bob Edwards

Teaching Principle:
24.  Always let a student register for a class in which you know he does not have a chance of passing—just insist on the tuition in cash up front.


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

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

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. 
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, and you don't need an appointment.

time between slipping on a peel and hitting the ground is one bananosecond


Human (n):  Useful domestic animal popular with cats.

If you don't use the internet, you are uninformed.
If you do use the internet, you are misinformed.
Mark Twain (updated)


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 two major products that came out of Berkeley:  LSD and UNIX.
We do not believe this to be a coincidence.
Joe Chew

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.

Useful Stuff

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

Six out five people have the math disorder, discalculia.

Exploring pi is like exploring the universe. 
David Chudnovsky

pax et bonum
Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it. 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

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Last modified:  20 Jul 17