Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 26 Jun 17   

julian day:   2457931
year day:      177      
sun rise:  6:21a, set:  8:37p
moon:  2.8 days

  first Grand Prix race, Le Mans, France, 1906
first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight in the Great War, 1917
first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter—becomes the most successful aircraft in naval history, 1942
United Nations charter signed in San Francisco, 1945
St. Lawrence Seaway officially opens for shipping, 1959
UPC is used for the first time to sell a retail product—a pack of chewing gum, 1974
discovery of Styx, the fifth known moon of Pluto, by a team led by astronomer Mark R. Showalter, 2012
Opportunity reaches 4416 sols—twice the operational time for her sister Spirit on the surface of Mars, 2016
inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion, 2016

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

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

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

Larry and Cathy

God is able to do more than man can understand. 
Thomas À Kempis

The only thing that is certain in quantum mechanics is that everything is uncertain. 
Mario Livio

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple.  Take it and copy it. 
Anatole France

Don't Panic

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 
C.S. Lewis


Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty. 
Deepak Chopra

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

Edmontosaurus annectins

The great extinction that wiped out all of the dinosaurs, large and small, in all parts of the world, and at the same time brought to an end various lines of reptilian evolution, was one of the outstanding events in the history of life and in the history of the earth.... It was an event that has defied all attempts at a satisfactory explanation. 
Edwin Colbert
Retirement:  That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, Honey, I'm home—forever." 
Gene Perret

Southwestern Adventist University

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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]

The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination 
George Polya

Teaching Principle:
B.  There will always be one person on a committee that 'objects' or takes 'issue' with whatever is under discussion.
Recall:  Numbers 5:2


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

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. 
Sydney Harris

Hand over the chocolate, and no one gets hurt!

3 miles of intravenous tubing at Yale University Hospital is 1 IV League


Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. 
Stephen Baker

Better to remain silent and thought a fool
than tweet about it and remove all doubt!


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

If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0.

A statistician is a person who thinks a mean dog is just an average canine. 
L. Turner

Useful Stuff

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

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. 
S. Gudder

Exploring pi is like exploring the universe. 
David Chudnovsky

pax et bonum
We made a big mistake 300 years ago when we separated technology and humanism.  ... It's time to put the two back together. 
Michael Dertouzos

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

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Last modified:  13 Apr 17