Click Picks: Wolfram Alpha

A new way to search for information...

A new way to search for information...

Looking for a new way to search information? Want to know everything possible about a baby name? How about an obscure plant? A big city? Check out Wolfram Alpha, a search tool combining a collection of data with various computation methods.

If that last sentence confused you, here’s how the service describes its stated goal: “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.”

In basic lingo, that means you’ll get a more scientific set of results for whatever you’re searching. Type in a baby name for example and you’ll get the following: a history of U.S. births, estimates of the frequency of the name in the U.S. population, how it varies based on age, as well as notable people with the name.

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