WolframAlpha – Computational Knowledge Engine
I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about WolframAlpha in the twitterverse, but I didn’t check it out until now. First off, it isn’t a search engine like Google or Yahoo (though Google has Wolfram-like qualities like being able to do basic math). It’s an engine that does something with the data in question.
I can’t do any justice with words. It’s best if you just go experiment with the site for yourself. Try the following to get an idea of its capabilities:
- Calculate a mortgage
- Compare stocks
- Do your math homework
- Get name popularity rankings
- Get molecular structure diagrams
- Study music theory
- Measure your caloric intake
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks. What are you waiting for? Check it out!
Here’s a great (experimental) Firefox Add-On that embeds Wolfram Alpha search results whenever you do a Google search. Also, be sure to check out the video tour by Wolfram Alpha’s creator–totally worth it!
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