Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired
Southwestern Adventist University

Wednesday, 19 Jun 19   

julian day:   2458654
year day:      170      
sun rise:  6:19a, set:  8:36p
moon:  16.2 days

  Blaise Pascal, mathematician, is born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 1623
first competitive baseball game–Knickerbockers lose to New York Nine, 23 to 1, 1846
establishment of 8-hour workday in U.S., 1912
first day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea—largest aircraft battle in history ends with decisive U.S. victory, 1944
first NASCAR "Cup" race, 1949
NASA launches QuikSCAT on a three-year mission to study Earth's winds from orbit—mission lasts for over ten years, 1999
American lyricist Gerry Goffin dies in Los Angeles, age 75, 2014
construction begins on the European Extremely Large Telescope on the peak of Cerro Armazones–when completed world's largest at 39m, 2014
Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, abdicates after a reign of 39 years—succeeded by his son Felipe VI, 2014
female western lowland gorilla Koko who could communicate using 2,000 words of sign language dies in Woodside, California, age 46, 2018
10,000,000th United States Patent is issued, 2018

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

The love of one's country is a splendid thing.  But why should love stop at the border?  There is a brotherhood among all men.  This must be recognized if life is to remain.  We must learn the love of man. 
Pablo Casals

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. 
John Southard

The difference between a teacher and a chemist is how he or she pronounces "unionized."

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

Larry and Cathy

God is infinite, so His universe must be too.  Thus is the excellence of God magnified and the greatness of His kingdom made manifest; He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds. 
Giordana Bruno

I believe in the heat death of the Universe.  I'm a Kelvinist.

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. 
Samuel Palmer

Don't Panic

Tomorrow is the most important thing. ... It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.  It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. 
John Wayne


abendrot (n):  the color of the sky while the sun is setting.

Math is the poetry of the universe.  It's time to show it that way. 
Ainissa Ramirez

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. 
Henry David Thoreau

Edmontosaurus annectins

Dinosaurs didn't read.  Look what happened to them!
The key to a happy retirement is to have enough money to live on, but not enough to worry about.

Southwestern Adventist University

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Other than a parent, no person is more important to the development of our children than our teachers. 
Dan Patrick

Teaching Principle:
F.  If a college or university accepts that just "knowledge" is its aim, the institution has lost its quality of education.


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

Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones. 
Natalie Clifford Barney

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate. 
Linda Grayson

a tale of two male bovines is a parable


In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat. 
Warren Eckstein

The internet is just a world passing notes around a classroom. 
Jon Stewart


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

Smartphones are pacifiers for adults.

I have studied many languages—French, Spanish and a little Italian, but no one told me that Statistics was a foreign language. 
Charmaine J. Forde

Useful Stuff

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

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. 
Francis Bacon

The best thing to put into π is your teeth.

pax et bonum
In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot. 
Arthur Koestler
Technology offers us a unique opportunity, though rarely welcome, to practice patience. 
Allan Lokos

Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop. 
Time Magazine, 1966

He alone spreads out the heavens,
And treads on the waves of the sea; ....
Job 9:8  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

120, 207,820, 133,740, 789,703, 864,975, 409,928, 948,909, 025,063, 727,846       

Last modified:  29 May 19