Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, retired

Southwestern Adventist University

Saturday, 24 Feb 18   

julian day:   2458174
year day:      55      
sun rise:  7:01a, set:  6:19p
moon:  8.3 days

  last time the Liberty Bell is rung, 1846
Silver Dart—first flight in Canada, 1909
U.S. flag raised on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 1945
Supernova 1987a in the Large Magellanic Cloud is observed—first naked-eye supernova since 1604, 1987
U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber crashes at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam during takeoff—first operational loss of a B-2, 2008
Indian feminist, social worker, educator, lawyer, and a pioneer in the field of women's rights in India Lotika Sarkar dies, age 90, 2013

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

Better to remain silent and thought a fool
than tweet and remove all doubt!
L Turner

Humour.  It is a difficult concept. 

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

Larry and Cathy

The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. 
Galileo Galilei

In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it. 
John Archibald Wheeler

I often quote myself.  It adds spice to my conversation. 
George Bernard Shaw

Don't Panic

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. 
William Feather


The cosmos is within us.  We are made of star-stuff.  We are a way for the universe to know itself. 
Carl Sagan

Science is a way of life.  Science is a perspective.  Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable—a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional. 
Brian Greene

Edmontosaurus annectins

"You're not allowed to call them dinosaurs anymore....  It's speciesist.  You have to call them pre-petroleum persons." 
Terry Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
When you come to a fork in the road....
Take it!
Yogi Berra

Southwestern Adventist University

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The purpose of primary education is the development of your weak characteristics; the purpose of university education, the development of your strong. 
Nevin Fenneman

Teaching Principle:
4.  It they don't do it correctly the first time, they never will.


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

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. 
John Dewey

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. 
Charles Evans Hughes

Simply put—everyone has a price, mine is chocolate!

1,000,000 aches is 1 megahertz


If cats could talk, they wouldn't.

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

F u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng.

On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your favorite color in the alphabet?

Useful Stuff

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

'We hate math,' say 4 in 10—a majority of Americans.

Too much π gives you a large circumference!

pax et bonum
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently.  But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. 
James Surowiecki

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

8,993, 948,568, 522,990, 496,285, 576,535, 025,704, 239,104       

Last modified:  25 Aug 17