Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 25 Sep 17   

julian day:   2458022
year day:      268      
sun rise:  7:16a, set:  7:19p
moon:  5.1 days

  Harold Godwinson defeats Viking invasion at Stamford Bridge, 1066
'Little Rock Nine' integrates all-white Central High School with aid of federal troops, 1957
inaugural Chicago Marathon as the Mayor Daley Marathon with a field of 4200, 1977
Sandra Day O'Conner takes oath of office to become first woman Supreme Court Justice, 1981
NASA launches the Mars Observer—eleven months later, a few days before orbit insertion, communication is lost, 1992
constituency votes to change Southwestern Adventist College to Southwestern Adventist University, 1996
American entertainer and singer Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams dies, age 84, 2012
China commissions its first aircraft carrier, Liaoning—outfitted an uncompleted hulk from Ukraine, 2012
American professional golfer Arnold Daniel Palmer dies in Pittsburgh, age 87, 2016
first signals detected for China's Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou—first light, 2016

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

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain—and most fools do. 
Benjamin Franklin

I before E except after C—how weird is wierd?

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

Larry and Cathy

God is weaving the very fabric of space-time in a most fantastic tapestry filled with intricate patterns of energy, matter, and love. 
L. Turner

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. 
Niels Bohr

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

Don't Panic

Everything is drawn inexorably toward the future. 
Kip S. Thorne


Black holes are where God divides by zero.

It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature. 
Theodore Roosevelt

Edmontosaurus annectins

Orthodont:  a species of dinosaur with metallic teeth.
It is better to be seen than viewed.

Southwestern Adventist University

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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. 
Mark Rowse

Teaching Principle:
23.  If no student complains about you, then you are not doing a good job because your standards are too low.


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
 Tall Jalul, Jordan
 GPS Survey System at Tall Jalul, ASOR 2004

It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm. 
Mary Henle

It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there. 
Mia Hamm

Chocolate doesn't make the world go around,
but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!

one trillion male bovines is one terabull


The smart cat doesn't let on that he is. 
H.G. Frommer

Web pages are like babies:  creation involves a level of enthusiasm that does not necessarily carry over into maintenance.


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

Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers. 
Pablo Picasso

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

The most useful mathematics to model bovine behaviour is cowculus. 
L. Turner

Numbers are our friends.
We do not eat numbers.
Except, of course, π!
L. Turner

pax et bonum
Technology offers us a unique opportunity, though rarely welcome, to practice patience. 
Allan Lokos

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Psalm 33:6  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

2,165, 056,568, 589,365, 603,978, 608,321, 227,216, 912,384       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17