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New search tool gives pause to some

By Maya T. Prabhu, Assistant Editor
May 18th, 2009

A new search tool that is set to launch formally May 18 allows users to input queries and receive answers to fact-based questions. If it works as advertised, the web site, called WolframAlpha, could be another useful tool for students and researchers -- though some educators say they are skeptical about the search tool.


WolframAlpha comes from Stephen Wolfram, 49, a British-born physics prodigy who earned a Caltech Ph.D. at age 20 and won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" at 21. The site computes the answers to queries using the collection of data the company, Wolfram Research Inc., has collected.


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  • New search tool gives pause to some

    By Maya T. Prabhu, Assistant Editor
    May 18th, 2009

    A new search tool that is set to launch formally May 18 allows users to input queries and receive answers to fact-based questions. If it works as advertised, the web site, called WolframAlpha, could be another useful tool for students and researchers -- though some educators say they are skeptical about the search tool.


    WolframAlpha comes from Stephen Wolfram, 49, a British-born physics prodigy who earned a Caltech Ph.D. at age 20 and won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" at 21. The site computes the answers to queries using the collection of data the company, Wolfram Research Inc., has collected.


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