Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Saturday, 29 Apr 17   

julian day:   2457873
year day:      119      
sun rise:  6:42a, set:  8:06p
moon:  3.5 days

  Moorish troops land at Gibralter—beginning of invasion of the Iberian Penisula, 711
Joan of Arc enters the besieged city Orléans, 1429
Naomi Uemura becomes first person to reach North Pole alone, 1978
first joint U.S.-Russian spacewalk—from Mir, 1997
French engineer Roland Moreno, inventor of the smart card, dies in Paris, age 66, 2012

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

Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. 
Wendell Johnson

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

Larry and Cathy

God is able to do more than man can understand. 
Thomas À Kempis

We are musical notes emanating from the quantum string section of a grand symphonic orchestra. 
Kane Freeman

People will always accept your ideas if you say Ben Franklin said it first. 
"Ben Franklin"

Don't Panic

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


Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. 
Bertrand Russell

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. 
Charles Sanders Pierce

Edmontosaurus annectins

"You're not allowed to call them dinosaurs anymore....  It's speciesist.  You have to call them pre-petroleum persons." 
Terry Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work.  So I do it three or four times a day. 
Gene Perret

Southwestern Adventist University

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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination 
George Polya

Teaching Principle:
27.  You can't save a student from him or herself.


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

[I]f one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. 
Henry David Thoreau

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. 
Alice Walker

Money can buy happiness—Godiva, Toblerone, Lindt, Ghiradelli, .... 
L. Turner

1 trillionth of a boo is a picoboo


If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed? 
Winifred Carriere

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks.


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

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. 
Doug Larson

On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your favorite color in the alphabet?

Useful Stuff

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

Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics. 
Dean Schlicter

Exploring pi is like exploring the universe. 
David Chudnovsky

pax et bonum
Technology is neither good nor bad, nor even neutral. Technology is one part of the complex of relationships that people form with each other and the world around them; it simply cannot be understood outside of that concept. 
Samuel Collins

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night;
And let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; ...."
Genesis 1:14  NKJV

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