Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 19 Mar 18   

julian day:   2458197
year day:      78      
sun rise:  7:33a, set:  7:36p
moon:  1.7 days

  during the sixth crusade Frederick II crowns himself King of Jerusalem, 1229
Anglo-Irish novelist Laurence Sterne dies in London, age 54, 1768
Ernest Rice is awarded the patent for "pantyhose", 1958
Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov performs first 'spacewalk' on the 2nd and final Voskhod flight commanded by Pavel Belyayev, 1965
American science fiction writer and screenwriter Leigh Douglass Brackett dies in Lancaster, California, age 62, 1978
Ideal Toys releases "Rubik's Cube", 1980
first images obtained from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite (Landsat 8), 2013
American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll music Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry dies, age 90, 2017

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

A sociopath is one who sees others as impersonal objects to be manipulated to fulfill their own narcissistic needs
without any regard for the hurtful consequences of their selfish actions.
R. Alan Woods

A joke is a very serious thing. 
Winston Churchill

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

Larry and Cathy

No God, no Peace.  Know God, know Peace.

In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it. 
John Archibald Wheeler

In the garden of literature, the highest and the most charismatic flowers are always the quotations. 
Mehmet Murat ildan

Don't Panic

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. 
Dion Boucicault


Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. 
Maya Angelou

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. 
Edwin Powell Hubble

Edmontosaurus annectins

The public image of dinosaurs is tainted by extinction.  It's hard to accept dinosaurs as a success when they are all dead.  But the fact of ultimate extinction should not make us overlook the absolutely unsurpassed role dinosaurs played in the history of life. 
Robert T. Bakker
The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.

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The light in the world comes principally from two sources—the sun, and the student's lamp. 
Christian Nestell Bovee

Teaching Principle:
31.  The loudness of the audience at graduation for a student is proportional to the weakness of the student.  There is a lot to cheer about for a student who barely made it!


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

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. 
Theodore Vail

An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame. 
Sam Ewing

Climb to the top of the food pyramid and you find it covered in chocolate! 
L. Turner

100 rations is 1 C-ration


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

Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. 
Roger Ebert


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

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up. 
Alan Perlis

Generally a datum more than about four standard deviations from the mean is considered an outlier.  A datum more than six standard deviations is thus an out and outlier. 
L. Turner

Useful Stuff

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

Pure mathematics is the magician's real wand. 

To consume pie is sublime.  To contemplate π is divine! 
L. Turner

pax et bonum
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. 
Edward Teller

The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
Psalm 89:11  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

8,993, 948,568, 522,990, 496,285, 576,535, 025,704, 239,104       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17