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Wolfram|Alpha goes live

Wolfram|Alpha goes live

Wolfram|Alpha, the much-heralded “computational knowledge engine” finally came out of private testing and into public view this weekend. The key concept behind the site is that, unlike traditional search engines which merely point you to top-ranked sites, Wolfram|Alpha will analyse your search words and then reveal all relevant information.

For instance, enter “High Wycombe” and you will be shown its population, where it sits on the UK map, its current weather and time, its elevation and nearby large towns. You can then download a PDF of these results.

There are a number of scientific uses for Wolfram|Alpha too. Enter a name of a species of plant and you’ll see not only its scientific name but also its relations and where it sits in the taxonomy of plants.


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