Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Sunday, 23 Sep 18   

julian day:   2458385
year day:      266      
sun rise:  7:15a, set:  7:22p
moon:  14.4 days

  Lewis and Clark end their expedition across the continent and back, 1806
Neptune discovered by Johann Galle, 1846
Herman Hollerith files patent for a mechanical tabulating machine, 1884
José Canseco of the Oakland Athletics becomes the first member of the 40-40 club—40 homeruns and 40 stolen bases in a season, 1988
U.S. conducts its last nuclear weapon detonation—underground test at Nevada Test Site, 1992
10 students including the shooter, and 1 staff are killed when a gunman enters Kauhajoki School of Hospitality in Western Finland, 2008

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

A man's true character is revealed by his 'locker room talk.' 
L. Turner

Understatement is a zillion times more effective than exaggeration! 
Alfred E. Neuman

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

Larry and Cathy

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 
Isaiah 6:3

When one studies the properties of atoms, one finds that the reality is far stranger than anybody would have invented in the form of fiction.  Particles really do have the possibility of, in some sense, being in more than one place at one time. 
Alan Guth

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. 
Robert Benchley

Don't Panic

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. 
Bill Watterson


Man is slightly nearer to the atom than the stars. From his central position he can survey the grandest works of Nature with the astronomer, or the minutest works with the physicist. 
Arthur Eddington

In science there is only physics, all the rest is just stamp collecting. 
Lord Kelvin

Edmontosaurus annectins

Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations. 
Steve Miller
Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages.
Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.
William Shakespeare, Cymbeline

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The day [faculty] stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.  They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.  Either case is a failure of leadership. 
Colin Powell, updated

Teaching Principle:
30.  Students who sell their textbooks, especially in their major, are like Esau selling his birthright.  They have essentially given up on any future tests such as NCLEX, MCAT, GMAT, or GRE since they have nothing to review from.


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

We do not need magic to change the world.  We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already:  We have the power to imagine better. 
J.K. Rowling

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. 
Richard Bach

Chocophobia:  The totally logical fear that the world will run out of chocolate

1,000,000 aches is 1 megahertz


Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning.  He won't attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling. 
Helen Powers

twitter (n):  a form of internet communication for twits with limited thought (originally 140 characters)


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

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. 
Edsger Dijkstra

Statistics can be made to prove anything—even the truth.

Useful Stuff

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

Without geometry, life is pointless.

Computing many digits of π is easy as pi!

pax et bonum
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world:  the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.— Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. 
George Bernard Shaw

He alone spreads out the heavens,
And treads on the waves of the sea; ....
Job 9:8  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

118,561, 872,101, 041,456, 425,757, 570,022, 634,235, 246,956       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18