Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wolfram Alpha - A new search engine

Google now has a new competitor -- Wolfram Alpha. Its aim is to "provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries". As a mathematician, I find it particularly appealing, because it can be used as an encyclopedia for mathematical facts. For example, if I want to look up the Taylor expansion of arcsin(x), I can do this:

Another example is, I can find the value of the series \sum 1/n^2 from Wolfram Alpha:

This is much more convenient than Google.

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