Wolfram Alpha Is Great!




Wolfram Alpha has been available since May 2009 though I didn’t quite know how great it was till I really started fooling around with it trying to get answers to currency conversions, percentages etc etc etc.

So what is wolfram alpha all about, is it another search engine?

No. It’s a computational knowledge engine: it generates output by doing computations from its own internal knowledge base, instead of searching the web and returning links.

What can I do with Wolfram|Alpha?

Many, many things. Check out the Examples by Topic page and the Visual Gallery of Examples for a few pointers. Or visit the Blog or Community to see what others are doing.


This is the result when I typed in Singapore to Perth

Input interpretation: Centre of Singapore to Perth, Western Australia

Distance : 2424 Miles

Direct Travel Times : Aircraft (550 mph) 4.4hours
Sound : 191 Minutes
Light in fiber : 18.2ms
Light in vacuum: 13ms

Then a map was shown with a red line drawn depicting the path.

Cool eh?

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