Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Thursday, 30 Mar 17   

julian day:   2457843
year day:      89      
sun rise:  7:17a, set:  7:45p
moon:  2.8 days

  Chinese astronomers note first recorded passage of Halley's comet, 240BC
anesthesia first used—Dr. Crawford Long operated using ether, 1842
Vincent Van Gogh, painter, born in Zundert, Netherlands, 1853
Alaska sold to U.S. by Russia for for $7.2 million, 1867
drawing for the largest lottery jackpot in world history of $656 million takes place in Atlanta, 2012

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

What if there were no hypothetical situations?

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

[T]he atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts. 
Werner Heisenberg

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

Don't Panic

The present is a point just passed. 
David Russell


I see a certain order in the universe and math is the one way of making it visible. 
May Sarton

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.  They are wrong: it is character. 
Albert Einstein

Edmontosaurus annectins

Dinosaurs didn't read.  Look what happened to them!
Retirement:  That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, Honey, I'm home—forever." 
Gene Perret

Southwestern Adventist University

 Southwestern home
      Academic Calendar
 Mathematics/Physical Science
      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows. 

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

Live out of your imagination, not your history. 
Stephen R. Covey

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. 

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

10 sions is a decision


A human is the not the purrfect pet for a cat, but the best that is available 
L. Turner

The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.


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

Mac users swear by their computers.  PC users swear at their computers. 
Jeremy S. Anderson

A statistician is a person that when complimented, "You are one in a million!" replies, "Oh, that means there are 7,000 people in the world just like me."

Useful Stuff

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

Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad, and theology makes them sinful. 
M. Luther

Exploring pi is like exploring the universe. 
David Chudnovsky

pax et bonum
Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology. 
John Tudor

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:11  NKJV

Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Southwestern Adventist University
Keene, TX   76059

8, 295,804, 858,106, 029,014, 545,239, 244,800, 000,000       

Last modified:  29 Dec 16