While many are going on about how Wolfram|Alpha, Google Squared and also Bing compare one to another, I took the opportunity to give Google’s latest lab release a go with some topics I’m interested in, namely genetics.
GOOGLE SQUARED AND GENETICS
Search terms: DNA sequence
WOLFRAM|ALPHA AND ENGINEERING
And now, let me just put in my quick 2 eurocents (roughly 2.84 US cents) regarding Wolfram|Alpha.
I’ve found it to be a really valuable tool with any work that requires looking up tabulated data and proceeding with any type of calculations upon such data.
Wolfram|Alpha would have been such a time saver while I was working on my biotech industries project. Loads of engineering calculations and data to look up that would have been made so much easier. No need to skim through Perry’s handbook, through process engineering and transport phenomena books looking for figures, graphs and constants. Wolfram|Alpha would have made most of it a simple search.
In summary, Wolfram|Alpha is, in my opinion, a really large and structured Almanac with a super scientific calculator mashed-up into it and therefore a very useful reference tool. However, it’s pretty poor when it comes to anything outside it’s “comfort zone”, like life sciences. I’ll have more to say about this in a future post.