Wolfram Alpha – a “Computational Knowledge Engine”

Wolfram Alpha has a unique way of responding to information requests. Rather than doing a search of everything on the web as Google does, or having human information reviewers as Yahoo does, Wolfram Alpha attempts to “compute” an answer to queries. The “About” page gives an overview of the site, and has a link to a 13 minute tour of the site’s capabilities. See Wolfram Alpha for Educators for all sorts of classroom ideas.

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About Sigurd

Moved to rural Vermont in 1998, recently semi-retired. Intellect-oriented person (I spend a lot of time in my mind, have worked to broaden, regularly, the boundaries of what I pay attention to). One of my current interests is Goethe's approach to understanding the structures of the world (Science) and how it is different from Newton's approach. Goethe tried to stay open to what more the world might tell him of its nature, whereas Newton conceived frameworks that them became a window through which nature is viewed and understood.
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