Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Playing With Wolfram|Alpha

I discovered a site through my sister's blog. It's called Wolfram|Alpha and it is making my blood run wild!

What is it? It's basically a site in which you can enter questions, math formulas, calculations, and most any other kind of data. You will then get relevant info on your query. If you still don't get it, let's say you input 90 Fahrenheit. You'll get this:

Input interpretation:

90 deg F  (degrees Fahrenheit)

Unit conversions:

32.222 deg C  (degrees Celsius)

305.37 K  (kelvins)

549.67 deg R  (degrees Rankine)

25.778 deg Re\'aumur  (degrees Re\'aumur)

24.417 deg Ro/  (degrees Ro/mer)

Comparisons as temperature:

8.6 deg F below traditional value associated with "normal" body temperature of a healthy human in the U.S. (98.6 deg F)

(7 to 10) deg F below average body temperature for a healthy human (96.9 to 99.5 deg F)

22 deg F above conventional U.S. room temperature (68 deg F)

You even get info such as the thermodynamic energy! How cool is that? Useless for me right now, but cool, nonetheless.

Here's a more impressive explanation from the web site:

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.

Just imagine what you could do with this thing!!!

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