Brian Turner

Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Brian Turner Associate Professor
Dr. Brian Turner
Associate Professor

School of Arts & Sciences
918.335.6827
bturner@okwu.edu
B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.S., University of Texas at Dallas; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas.

Mission & Passion

To make people think, laugh, smile at themselves, and walk with a surer footing on God’s way.

As a scientist and follower of Christ, I have two well-established pathways to discover truth. Ultimately scientific theory and Scripture must agree, as God is author both of nature and His Holy Word. My job is to study and celebrate the grandeur and intricacies of both, to exercise wisdom in knowing how they fit together, and to inspire students to enjoy the same adventure. Life-long learning is a form of worship, and the pursuit of truth is the human calling.

Inspiring Verses / Quotations

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care” John Maxwell

“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” Albert Einstein

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Courses

  • Intro to Physical Science
  • General Physics I/II
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Modern Geometry
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • History & Philosophy of Mathematics

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • “What is Science?”, Guest Presenter at Northeastern Oklahoma Science Camp, (2004)
  • “Kite String, Coke Bottle, PVC Pipe Symphony”, OK Mozart Festival, (2003)
  • “Creatively Challenging Students to Reconcile Science and Genesis”,CCCU New Faculty Workshop, (2001)
  • A Connection Approach to Numerical Relativity” (w/ Salisbury, et al¼), Classical and Quantum Gravity 11 2789 (1994)
  • “Generalization of the Biot-Savart Law to Maxwell’s Equations using Special Relativity” (w/ Neuenschwander), AJP 60, 35 (1992)
  • “A Hamiltonian for Geometrical Optics”, JURP 10, 23 (1991)
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