Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Thursday, 23 Nov 17   

julian day:   2458081
year day:      327      
sun rise:  7:03a, set:  5:22p
moon:  5.0 days

  John Milton publishes Areopagitica, 1644
Notre Dame plays first football game, loses to Michigan, 1887
first jukebox—Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, 1889
first issue of Henry Luce's revised Life hits newsstands, 1936
first "smartphone" IBM Simon is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, 1992
American mountaineer Hulda Hoehn Crooks, "Grandma Whitney," dies in Loma Linda, California, age 99, 1997
American film and television actor Larry Martin Hagman dies in Dallas, age 81, 2012

Thanksgiving Day  

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

A bully tries to avoid responsibility for their own bad behavior by blaming the target for causing it.

Alliteration is alarmingly addictive.

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

Larry and Cathy

God carries my picture in His wallet! 
Andrew Wommack

Subatomic particles exist in all possible states until they are observed—at which point something definite emerges from the soup of possibilities 
Robert Moss

I often quote myself.  It adds spice to my conversation. 
George Bernard Shaw

Don't Panic

You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it. 
Charles Buxton


[To an atheist] "the universe is the most exquisite masterpiece ever constructed by nobody." 
G. K. Chesterton

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

Edmontosaurus annectins

Originally, in 1842, the word dinosaur was coined by Richard Owen to mean "fearfully great, a lizard."  Since then the term has typically been taken to mean "terrible lizard."  However, the more we study the bones, the more we realize that these were truly amazing and wonderful and "fearfully great" creatures. 
L. Turner
Be a good steward of your gifts.  Protect your time.  Feed your inner life.  Avoid too much noise.  Read good books, have good sentences in your ears.  Be by yourself as often as you can.  Walk.  Take the phone off the hook. 
Jane Kenyon

Southwestern Adventist University

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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. 
Isaac Asimov

Teaching Principle:
22.  If you treat a college student as a child, he will remain a child.  If you let him experience the consequences of his decisions, he may learn.


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

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

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. 
Richard Bach

Chocolate doesn't make the world go around,
but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!

1 millionth of a fish is 1 microfiche


The smart cat doesn't let on that he is. 
H.G. Frommer

Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net, it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame. 
M.G. Sriram


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

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. 
Paul Ehrlich

It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class.

Useful Stuff

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

It is not the job of mathematicians ... to do correct arithmetical operations.— It is the job of bank accountants. 
Samuil Shchatunovski

The sweetest expression in all of mathematics is πt.

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

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

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

3,573, 156,791, 800,143, 579,055, 591,749, 170,749, 243,392       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17