Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Wednesday, 25 Apr 18   

julian day:   2458234
year day:      115      
sun rise:  6:46a, set:  8:03p
moon:  9.3 days

  highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier is first person to executed by the newly invented guillotine, 1792
physicist Wolfgang Pauli born, 1900
New York State requires first automobile license plates, 1901
USS Triton completes first submerged circumnavigation of the earth, 1960
Nasdaq closes above 6,000 for the first time, 2017

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

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common—they should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.

Sometimes I question my sanity.  Occasionally it replies.

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

Larry and Cathy

Talent is God-given; be humble.  Fame is man-given; be thankful.  Conceit is self-given; be careful. 
John Wooden

A careful analysis of the process of observation in atomic physics has shown that the subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections between the preparation of an experiment and the subsequent measurement. 
Erwin Schrodinger

You will die but the words you speak or spoke, will live forever. 
Auliq Ice

Don't Panic

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


The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons. 
Edwin Powell Hubble

Nature hides her secret because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse. 
Albert Einstein

Edmontosaurus annectins

RAWR!   Means 'I Love You' in dinosaur.
And so the adventure begins.

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If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. 
Colin Powell

Teaching Principle:
3.  It is impossible to underestimate a student.


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

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. 
Joseph Joubert

Defeat is not the worst of failures.  Not to have tried is the true failure. 
George Woodberry

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

one trillion male bovines is one terabull


Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. 
Steven Wright

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. 
Andrew Brown


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

The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord.

Research has found that overweight women live significantly longer than the men who mention it to them. 

Useful Stuff

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

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories. 
Philip J. Davis

Math makes me Persπre.

pax et bonum
All progress occurs because people dare to be different. 
Harry Millner

I have made the earth,
And created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And all their host I have commanded.
Isaiah 45:12  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

25,216, 807,027, 035,684, 363,545, 867,509, 685,464, 215,552       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18