Joe Galliera

Awesome computing - Wolfram|Alpha

Blog Post created by Joe Galliera Employee on May 24, 2010
A friend of mine  recently made me aware of this awesome website:  Wolfram|Alpha.
Wolfram has always  been known for its Mathematica software but now Stephen Wolfram wants to  make the world's knowledge computable.
Check out the  gallery of examples, like "#10 screw": http://www.wolframalpha.com/gallery.html
Check out the Intro  to Wolfram|Alpha by Stephen with many more examples: http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html
But my favorite is  Examples by Topic: http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/
and especially  under the Engineering heading is fluid mechanics: http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/FluidMechanics.html
Flow around a  cylinder: http://bit.ly/ddYBci
Here's my own  example, Dynamic viscosity of water at 100°F, 1 atm: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=dynamic+viscosity+of+water+at+100F+1atm
Here's info from  their website:
Today's Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious  long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by  anyone.  You enter your question or calculation and Wolfram|Alpha uses its  built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer.  It's  based on a new kind of knowledge-based computing.
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.

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