Everyone is familiar with search engines like Google and Bing but have you ever heard of a computational knowledge engine? A search engine looks for the best possible matches to your search words out of all of the web pages that it has indexed but a computational knowledge engine is different. It does dynamic computations with the data it contains and comes up with calculations or facts in response to your search terms. Wolfram|Alpha is just such a computational knowledge engine and you can use it to find and learn amazing things.
Things to Do With a Computational Knowledge Engine
There are many places on the web where you can get all kinds of facts but with Wolfram|Alpha you can combine different pieces of information to see how they compare, contrast, or relate to one another. Here are just a few examples of ideas for using this knowledge super engine for your information needs.
Use WolframAlpha to:
- Learn more about your given name or surname
- Create a timeline of events — War of Independence, War of 1812, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II
- Compare/contrast historical figures — Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy
- Convert, compute, learn about all kinds of units and measures — car tires, knitting needles, dimensions, currency, etc.
- Look up current and historical weather information
- Get medical and health information — compare hospitals, learn about your eyeglass prescription, analyze a weight loss program, review information about medical tests and results, etc.
- Explore places that you’re going to travel
- Find interesting information on sports teams or learn about a board game
- Analyze nutritional and dietary information — generate nutrition labels for recipes, find out how many calories are in your meal, determine how much food you need to feed a group, etc.
There’s so much to explore. Here are many more examples. Have fun with it!