Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Sunday, 27 May 18   

julian day:   2458266
year day:      147      
sun rise:  6:22a, set:  8:25p
moon:  12.1 days

  French theologian and reformer John Calvin dies in Geneva, age 54, 1564
first transatlantic flight completed when U.S. seaplane, NC-4, lands in Lisbon, Portugal, 1919
Auguste Piccard and Charles Knipfer make first balloon ascent into the stratosphere, 1931
British Navy ships sink the German battleship Bismarck, 1941
Montreal Expos becomes the first Major League franchise located outside the U.S., 1968
German physicist and Nobel laureate (1986) Ernst August Friedrich Ruska dies in West Berlin, age 81, 1988
American Southern rock singer, musician, and songwriter Gregory LeNoir Allman dies, age 69, 2017

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

Meanness is a sign of weakness.

If a wife and husband are alone in a forest and she speaks, does he still not listen? 
C. Turner

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

Larry and Cathy

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God 
Corrie Ten Bloom

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

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool. 
Joseph Roux

Don't Panic

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. 
Dion Boucicault


The laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics...the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word. 
Galileo Galilei

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

Edmontosaurus annectins

We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out. 
Colin Mochrie
There‚Äôs never enough time to do all the nothing you want. 
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Southwestern Adventist University

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Instruction does much, but encouragement everything. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Teaching Principle:
29.  Students never change.  Those that are diligent, on-time, never absent will always be.  Those that are not will never be.


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

Anyone who thinks the sky is the limit, has limited imagination.

When we fail, our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us. 
Charles Caleb Colton

Will work for chocolate.

1/2 lavatory is a demijohn


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

The Internet is a giant international network of intelligent, informed computer enthusiasts, by which I mean, "people without lives." 
Dave Barry


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

...increasing the use of computer technology in the arts does not diminish art:
rather, it ennobles the computer.

73.165421% of all statistical studies claim a precision that is not justified by the method used.  (A calculator must have been used!)

Useful Stuff

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

How many times can you subtract 7 from 83, and what is left afterwards?
You can subtract it as many times as you want, and it leaves 76 every time.

... π is for me an extremely beautiful and utterly unique thing.  Like the Mona Lisa or a Mozart symphony, π is its own reason for loving it. 
Daniel Tammet

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

I have made the earth,
And created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And all their host I have commanded.
Isaiah 45:12  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

29,023, 708,002, 604,289, 109,300, 616,204, 688,542, 153,728       

Last modified:  20 Mar 18