Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics
Pacific Union College

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired
Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 17 Sep 19   

julian day:   2458744
year day:      260      
sun rise:  7:11a, set:  7:31p
moon:  18.3 days

  earliest known woman composer, Hildegard von Bingen dies, age 81, 1179
Anton van Leeuwenhoek reports discovery of 'animalcules' by microscope, 1683
Thomas Etholen Selfridge becomes first airplane fatality, age 26—passenger on an aircraft piloted by Orville Wright, 1908
M*A*S*H premieres on U.S. television—CBS, 1972
British science philosopher Karl Raimund Popper dies in London, age 92, 1994
English singer of easy Listening and traditional pop music Frankie Vaughan dies in Buckinghamshire, age 71, 1999
first JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle, HTV-1 berths with the International Space Station, 2009
Uruguayan theater, film, and television actress, director, producer, and writer China Zorrilla dies in Montevideo, Uruguay, age 92, 2014
Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews votes to admit women to membership after 260 years, 2014
Brewers Christian Yelich becomes the first player to hit for a cycle twice against the same team (Reds) in a single season, 2018
world's first hydrogen fuel cell train enters passenger service—Coradia iLint in Lower Saxony, Germany, 2018

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

One of the malignant narcissist's favourite games is the blame game.  Responsibility is never taken for their actions.  They blame others for everything, no matter how large or small.  They are the masters of projection.  They always expect others to clean up their messes!

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace.  Good people don't go into government. 
Donald Trump


 Office Schedule

Stories of untold suffering never stay that way.

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

Larry and Cathy

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. 
George Washington Carver

Photons don't matter.
Neutrinos hardly matter.
Positrons are another matter altogether.

You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

Don't Panic

The onslaught of time bows to the invincibility of a good book. 
Ben Hadley, Jr.


Each new day, a gift to be opened, sunrise slowly unties its ribbon of hope.

Mathematicians are inexorably drawn to nature, not just describing what is to be found there, but in creating echoes of natural laws. 
Gary William Flake

Science:  because figuring things out is better than making stuff up.

Edmontosaurus annectins

I can always tell when they use fake dinosaurs in movies.
The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.

Pacific Union College

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A play on words never needs any actors. 
Anthony T. Hincks

Southwestern Adventist University

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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

The illiterate of the future are not those who can't read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. 
Alvin Toffler

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

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. 
Toni Morrison

It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? 
Ronald Reagan

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

Pigeon:  distance a pig travels in an eon


A cat would be man's best friend, but never stoops to it.

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain. 
Stephen Hawking


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

F u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng.

A statistician is a person with one foot in boiling water and one foot in freezing water declares that on the average he's comfortable!

Useful Stuff

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

I can't remember how to write 1, 1000, 51, 6, and 500 in Roman Numerals....  I'M LIVID.

Exploring pi is like exploring the universe. 
David Chudnovsky

pax et bonum
A man is simple.  A woman is delightfully complex!

N 38°  34′  20.6″
W 122°  26′  25.9″
For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three. 
Alice Kahn

To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth—all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne.  I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances. 
Lee DeForest, 1926

The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever,
Who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, ....
Revelation 10:5,6  NKJV     or

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

22,664, 387,023, 215,102, 192,436, 502,888, 905,242, 223,639, 989,627, 625,257       

Last modified:  14 Aug 19