Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 22 Mar 19   

julian day:   2458565
year day:      81      
sun rise:  7:28a, set:  7:39p
moon:  16.3 days

  Stanley Cup first awarded, 1894
Grand Coulee Dam begins to generate electricity, 1941
Intel ships the first Pentium chips, 1993
American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director Walter Benjamin Lantz dies in Burbank, California, age 94, 1994
Valeri Polyakov returns to earth after a single-mission record of 438 days in space, 1995
Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 3-1 in Sydney, Australia—first MLB opening day game in Australia, 2014
massive mudslide engulfs dozens of homes near Oso, Washington—over 30 perish, 2014
boat traveling on Africa's Lake Albert carrying people from the Kyangwali refugee settlement capsizes—251 people die, 2014
Dutch school director who was instrumental in saving over 600 Jewish children during WWII Johan van Hulst dies, age 107, 2018
Humanity Star launched by Rocket Lab's first orbital launch burns up in Earth's atmosphere after two months, 2018

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

Two kinds of people to avoid in your life; 1. Those who love your lies and 2. Those who hate your truth.  Avoid them. 
Israelmore Ayivor

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. 
Joseph Fort Newton

I may be crazy, but at least I have each other.

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

Larry and Cathy

The first purpose of science is to learn about God, and admire him, through His handiwork. 
Anthony Standen

Wanted, dead and alive:  Schroedinger's cat. 
Katy Moe

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool. 
Joseph Roux

Don't Panic

Nature does not equally distribute energy.  Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at 70. 
Dorothy Thompson


My puns are koala tea.

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world. 
Paul Dirac

Science is organized knowledge.  Wisdom is organized life. 
Immanuel Kant

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
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. 
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Southwestern Adventist University

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I am not a teacher; only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way.  I pointed ahead—ahead of myself as well as of you. 
George Benard Shaw

Teaching Principle:
7.  Never care more about a student's grade than the student does.


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

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. 
Thomas Edison

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. 
Nido Qubein

A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.

time between slipping on a peel and hitting the ground is one bananosecond


A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings. 
William Ralph Inge

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. 
Eric Schmidt


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

Anyone who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be. 
Dennis Gunton

To understand God's thoughts one must study statistics... the measure of his purpose. 
Florence Nightingale

Useful Stuff

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

Numbers are like people; torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

Pi is not merely the ubiquitous factor in high school geometry problems; it is stitched across the whole tapestry of mathematics, not just goemetry's little corner of it.

pax et bonum
Everything takes longer and costs more than expected,
even when taking into account Hofstadter's Law
Hofstadter Law—Douglas Hofstadter

After entering it [the Grand Canyon] there is nothing to do but leave, ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality.  It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River... shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed. 
Joseph C. Ives, 1858

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

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

327,982, 562,848, 412,117, 459,124, 748,466, 530,703, 971,619, 987,136       

Last modified:  15 Feb 19