Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 22 Jan 19   

julian day:   2458506
year day:      22      
sun rise:  7:26a, set:  5:49p
moon:  16.9 days

  founding of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, 1506
uranium atom first fissioned—Columbia University, 1939
first regularly scheduled flight of the Boeing 747—Pan American Airways New York to London, 1970
U.S. Supreme Court rules in Roe vs. Wade that states cannot ban abortions, 1973
first light for the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan at the Mauna Kea Observatory on Hawaii, 1999
students at the University of London Observatory spot an exploding star SN 2014J in the nearby galaxy M82, 2014
American novelist mainly of fantasy and science fiction Ursula Kroeber Le Guin dies in Portland, Oregon, age 88, 2018

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

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. 
Zig Ziglar

The difference between a good joke and a bad joke is timing.

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

Larry and Cathy

National Atheist's Day:  April 1.

Old Newtonian physics claimed that things have an objective reality separate from our perception of them.  Quantum physics, and particularly Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes. 
Marianne Williamson

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.

Don't Panic

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


A play on words never needs any actors. 
Anthony T.Hincks

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. 
Ray Bradbury

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. 
Henry David Thoreau

Edmontosaurus annectins

Sauropod:  a class of dinosaurs that were so big and heavy their feet were always in pain.
I don't mind going nowhere as long as it's an interesting path.

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Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. 
Nelson Mandela

Teaching Principle:
C.  When the administration of a university refers to the faculty as "employees" the institution is in serious trouble.


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 imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all. 
Anatole France

Don't look back.  Something might be gaining on you. 
Satchel Paige

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

time to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour is one knotfurlong


Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man. 
Paul Gray

The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.


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

The singular of 'data' is 'antecdotal information'.

Useful Stuff

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

Atheists don't solve exponential equations because they don't believe in higher powers.

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

pax et bonum
I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy. 
Marie Curie

He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
The Lord is His name.
Amos 5:8  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

105, 677,193, 797,120, 632,873, 156,224, 758,754, 137,558, 840,169       

Last modified:  7 Nov 18