Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Thursday, 13 Dec 18   

julian day:   2458466
year day:      347      
sun rise:  7:19a, set:  5:22p
moon:  6.5 days

  New Zealand discovered by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, 1642
German botanist and Brazil explorer Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius dies, age 74, 1868
Mt. Wilson's 60-inch telescope, first large modern reflector, sees first light, 1908
first active communications satellite, Relay 1, is launched by NASA, 1962
U.S. Mint begins stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, 1978
American heavy metal musician and singer Warrel Dane (born Warrel G. Baker) dies in São Paulo, age 56, 2017

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

It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don't like something, it is empirically not good. 
Tina Fey

My wife says I'm unsophisticated and uncultured, so to prove her wrong, guess where I'm taking her.  Hint:  it starts with "B" and rhymes with "wallet." 
Brad Hamer

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

Larry and Cathy

The discovery of natural law is a meeting with God. 
Friedrich Dessauer

Anything you can do in classical physics, we can do better in quantum physics. 
Daniel Kleppner

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. 
Samuel Palmer

Don't Panic

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


Seven days without a pun makes one weak.

We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it. 
Timothy Ferris

In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature. 
Carl Sagan

Edmontosaurus annectins

You can have all the money in the world, but there's one thing you will never have—a dinosaur. 
Homer Simpson
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. 
Frank Lloyd Wright

Southwestern Adventist University

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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. 
Edith Wharton

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
 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

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it. 
Henry Ford

The 12-Step Chocoholics Program:  never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate.

1/10 mole of any substance is a decimal value


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

The Internet is for lonely people.  People should live. 
Charlton Heston


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

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God. 
Alan Perlis

Statistics are like a bikini—what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

Useful Stuff

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

... most of the world has never seen the raw beauty and adventure that is the world of mathematics. 
Glen Whitney

My γ makes the best π!

pax et bonum
Technology is ruled by two types of people:  those who manage what they do not understand, and those who understand what they do not manage. 
Mike Trout

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3,4  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

27, 733,631, 034,759, 028,945, 170,285, 027,912, 360,361, 644,078       

Last modified:  7 Nov 18