Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics
Pacific Union College

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired
Southwestern Adventist University

Thursday, 17 Oct 19   

julian day:   2458774
year day:      290      
sun rise:  7:31a, set:  6:52p
moon:  19.0 days

  RCA Corporation founded as the Radio Corporation of America—ceased to exist after 67 years, 1919
Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison, 1931
Albert Einstein arrives in U.S. as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933
Queen Elizabeth II officially opens Calder Hall—world's first nuclear power plant to deliver commercial quantities of electrical power, 1956
Bell Laboratories demonstrates the CCD (charge-coupled-device) it developed, 1969
6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake near San Francisco cancels third game of World Series, 1989
Greek-American physicist Nicholas Constantine Metropolis dies in Los Alamos, New Mexico, age 84, 1999
American author of books for children and young adults Norma Fox Mazer dies in Montpelier, Vermont, age 78, 2009
American composer for television and movies Victor Mizzy dies in Bel Air, California, age 93, 2009
recreational use of cannabis becomes legal in Canada, 2018
student opens fire and sets off an explosion in a technical school in Crimea—17 killed (including gunman) and 40 others injured, 2018
ringing of the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is performed by a robot, Universal Robots' UR5e, 2018

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

In arguing, what people lack in intellect they usually make up for in name-calling. 
C Vallo

Surrounding yourself with sycophants is a recipe for delusion.


 Office Schedule

My friend really changed when she became vegetarian, it's like I've never seen herbivore.

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

Larry and Cathy

My home is in Heaven.  I'm just traveling through this world. 
Billy Graham

Few people have the imagination for reality. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted. 
Hesketh Pearson

Don't Panic

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. 
Steve Jobs


A sunset is nothing more and nothing less than the backside of a sunset.

The universe was placed here for us to explore and appreciate. 
Ray Bradbury

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

Dinosaurs decorate their bathrooms with rep-tiles.
We work all our lives so we can retire—so we can do what we want with our time—and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value. 
Bruce Linton

Pacific Union College

 PUC home
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Like punning, programming is a play on words. 
Alan Perlis

Southwestern Adventist University

 Southwestern home
      Academic Calendar
      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

To attain knowledge, add things every day.— To attain wisdom, subtract things every day. 

Teaching Principle:
14.  Students are never as ignorant about course policies and requirements as they try to make you believe.


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

The secret to creativity in knowing how to hide your sources. 
Albert Einstein

I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them.  The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles. 
Scott Adams

If chocolate is the answer, the question is irrelevant.

a wait of "a second" is actually 365 seconds or just over 6 minutes—prophetic "year for a day" time


Cats are smarter than dogs.  You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. 
Jeff Valdez

Hate to break it to you, Facebook, but the entire Internet is already a Dislike button. 
Josh Groban


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

73.165421% of all statistical studies claim a precision that is not justified by the method used.  (A calculator must have been used!)

Useful Stuff

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

Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.

If you divide a jack-o'-lantern by its diameter, you get pumpkin pi!
If you divide a cow by its diameter, you get .... oh nevermind!

pax et bonum
If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women. 
Abigail Adams

N 38°  34′  20.6″
W 122°  26′  25.9″
Cheops' Law:  Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget. 
Robert A. Heinlein

The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad. 
C.T. Bridgman, 1903

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.      
Genesis 1:1  NIV     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

26,041, 595,425, 468,515, 352,894, 310,812, 919,546, 189,781, 004,447, 245,558       

Last modified:  14 Aug 19