David Francis

David Francis

Senior Interactive Developer,
Digital & Social Media, Information Technology
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011-9630

I am the Senior Interactive Developer for the Academic Technology & Consulting group in Information Technology at Bowdoin College. I arrived at Bowdoin from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland where I was Web Developer for the Web Office. Prior to that I was the Web Coordinator for the University of Wyoming Libraries in Laramie, Wyoming.

I got my start in Web programming while working as the Editorial Specialist at the Indiana University Mathematics Journal. When I began work there, the IUMJ was just preparing to launch a Web version of its journal. My boss immediately began buying textbooks on the (then) latest Web technologies and told me to start building! Some of the technologies I learned included Java, JavaScript, Perl, and SQL. When I moved to Wyoming, I was able to take a number of courses in computer science that helped me develop my programming skills. At Salisbury University, I made my first inroads into Microsoft technologies and started developing in Visual Basic and VBScript.

At Bowdoin, I have had the opportunity to use all the skills I have learned to develop a variety of applications and, of course, learn about all the many haunted aspects of this fine institution!

Ask A Nerd

If I don't find a proper release for all my nerdly energy, then I begin to annoy my wife by subjecting her to my storehouse of trivial knowledge. AskANerd is an attempt to put this negative nerd energy to good use. People send me questions, and I get the opportunity to show off what I know. All answers are for general consumption and include helpful diagrams and demos. Keep the questions coming!

Questions Asked


Before I ever finished my undergraduate work in Mathematics I had already twice won the Nobell Prize for Getting By In Mathematics (1993,1994).* Both of these awards came to me while I was in my Junior year when I was studying Differiential Geometry. While studying DG, I finally realized just how unsuited I am for intense mathematical research. Though I accepted this with dignity, I refused to believe that four years of undergraduate math didn't qualify me to create at least a couple of nifty theorems. I admit the ones I have formulated function more towards the study of the study of mathematics, rather than mathematics per se, but nevertheless I adamantly adhere to their validity and usefulness. I present here my revolutionary theorems.

For the more conservative mathematician, I recommend the Francis 1-2-3 Theorem

Mathematics History

Below is a form which (through the magic of javascript) allows you to see a biography of a specific historical mathematicians (my peers). This form makes a basic search of the McTutor Archive by last names of mathematicians. If this search doesn't find the mathematician you want, link directly to the McTutor Archive for a complete listing.

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*DISCLAIMER: This, of course, is the Buddy Nobell prize, sadly too often mistaken with this other upstart organization that I guess some people follow. I give them the common courtesy of linking to their site, though they have yet to return the kindness.