New computational search engine launched today

18 May

If you haven’t already given it a whirl, plug a couple searches into Wolfram Alpha, the new computational search engine that launched today.

See what computations Wolfram Alpha can do with queries like these…

  • green + yellow
  • apple microsoft (and don’t overlook all the drop-down options under Fundamentals)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • gene FASTKD2
  • 0.4 molar sodium hydroxide
  • derivative of x^4 sin x


Its goal is a lofty one:

To make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.

Read examples of the myriad of computations possible already or watch a 13-minute introductory screencast.

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