brian turnerAssociate Professor of Physics

School of Arts & Sciences
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.

Favorite Verses/Quotations

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Shawshank Redemption

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

“Education is the not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

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

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” – Heb 11:3


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

Publications & Presentations

Selected Student/Professor Research Presentations given at Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Conferences:

  • “Major League Stadiums vs. Batting Success”, with Cody Stafford, Shane Luttenberg (2015)
  • “OK’s Largest Brachistochrone & Other Gymnasium-Sized Curves of Descent,” with Alberto Argot (2013)
  • “Tetrahedral Kites and Sierpinski’s Pyramid,” with Seth Carter (2012)
  • “Bend it like a Mathematician: Differential Equations Study of a Soccer Free-Kick,” with Adam Hardesty (2012)
  • “The Traveling Arkansan Coffee-Drinking Mathematician Problem,” with John King (2012)
  • “Newton’s Law of Cooling with a Varying Ambient Temperature,” with Dallas Lewis (2012)
  • “Frieze Patterns Buried in the Great Temple Mound,” with Krista Baugher (2011)
  • “Romeo, Romeo, What Are Thou Differential Equations?” with Taylor Israel (2010)
  • “In Search of Poe’s Pendulum,” with Nathan Lemay (2009)
  • “Fractal Analysis of Oklahoma and Arkansas,” with Adam Nash (2008)
  • “The Group Theory of Music,” with Rebecka Kermanshahi (2008)
  • “Optimizing the Cross-Section for an Agricultural Sprayer Tank,” with Lindsey Hettich (2007)


  • A Connection Approach to Numerical Relativity” (w/ Salisbury, et al), 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)