Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 18 Feb 19   

julian day:   2458533
year day:      49      
sun rise:  7:07a, set:  6:14p
moon:  13.4 days

  Alessandro Volta, physicist, born, 1745
Pluto discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, 1930
physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer dies, age 62, 1967
U.S. abandons analog cellular phone network, 2008
Canadian-born French writer Mavis Leslie de Trafford Gallant dies in Paris, age 91, 2014
anti-government protesters clash with police in Kiev, Ukraine—ends after 5 days with over 100 killed and president Viktor Yanukovych ousted, 2014
Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp, last surviving sibling portrayed in the film The Sound of Music—"Louisa"— dies, age 99, 2014

Presidents' Day  

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

Our thoughts shape us.  We become our obsessions. 
Kilroy J. Oldster

The barbarians come out at night—and tweet. 
J.M. Coetzee (updated)

Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.
Blue sky at night, day.
Tom Parry

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

Larry and Cathy

No God, no Peace.  Know God, know Peace.

A careful analysis of the process of observation in atomic physics has shown that the subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections between the preparation of an experiment and the subsequent measurement. 
Erwin Schrodinger

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. 
Isaac D'Israeli

Don't Panic

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. 
William Feather


Grizzlies simply do not like any play on words—they can't bear puns.

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. 
Carl Sagan

I am among those who think that science has great beauty. 
Marie Curie

Edmontosaurus annectins

I'm pretty sure the dinosaurs died out when they stopped gathering food and started having meetings to discuss gathering food.
Life begins at retirement.

Southwestern Adventist University

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Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway. 
Earl Nightingale

Teaching Principle:
29.  Students never change.  Those that are diligent, on-time, never absent will always be.  Those that are not will never be.


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

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. 
John Dewey

Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done. 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Forget love—I'd rather fall in chocolate! 
Sandra J. Dykes

1 million bicycles is 2 megacycles


Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow. 
George F. Will

To err is human; to point it out with glee is Internet. 
Aparna Nancherla


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

The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord.

Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say. 
William W. Watt

Useful Stuff

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

Fantasy, energy, self-confidence and self-criticism are the characteristic endowments of the mathematician. 
Sophus Lie

π—irrational but well-rounded.

pax et bonum
Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress. 
Lisa Randall

When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it. 
Erasmus Wilson, 1878

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.      
Genesis 1:1  NIV

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

241,993, 527,170, 460,724, 918,971, 031,152, 437,878, 820,559, 561,549       

Last modified:  15 Feb 19