Wolfram|Alpha - A Highly Advanced Knowledge Data Engine
"But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." - Daniel 12:4
Just wanted to give you a heads up about what is certain to be one of the most popular web sites on the internet. Wolfram|Alpha is a brand new highly advanced and sophisticated knowledge data site that has been launched this week. You will find it here.
The web site states the following as its goal: "Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is 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.
Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of peopleâ€”spanning all professions and education levels. Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.
Wolfram|Alpha is an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver increasing capabilities over the years and decades to come. With a world-class team and participation from top outside experts in countless fields, our goal is to create something that will stand as a major milestone of 21st century intellectual achievement. As of now, Wolfram|Alpha contains 10+ trillion of pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains. Built with Mathematicaâ€”which is itself the result of more than 20 years of development at Wolfram Research - Wolfram|Alpha's core code base now exceeds 5 million lines of symbolic Mathematica code. Running on supercomputer-class compute clusters, Wolfram|Alpha makes extensive use of the latest generation of web and parallel computing technologies, including webMathematica and gridMathematica."
It is definitely a site to bookmark. For a brief overview of some of the web site's capabilities, go here. You can use it for fun purposes such as to find out out how many days you have been alive or you can use it to calculate advanced mathematical questions. You can use it to find out the population of a country and its GDP and compare it with other nations, the area of a circle with a diameter of 10cm, the life expectancy of a male in Rhode Island, how much 20g of platinum would be worth today in the commodity market, or the human birth rate in America (its 8.17 births per minute) and how this compares with Iceland, India or Ukraine... there are almost endless possibilities. This site will be very popular with kids for school work, but should be of practical use to everyone. - JS