The brainchild of Dr Stephen Wolfram, a British physicist, the computational search engine soft launched at the end of last week, but was fully unveiled on Monday.
Wolfram Alpha is a natural search engine, which filters information and data stored in its own vast databases to answer specific search queries. The aim is to return a single search result with the right answer, rather than a list of thousands of web pages which may or may not contain the information requested, as is the case with other search engines, such as Google and Yahoo! This is because Wolfram Alpha doesn’t crawl the web for its answers like Google does. It actually searches its own huge database of factual data.
(Article sourced from The Telegraph…)