Wolfram Blog: 15 Ways Wolfram|Alpha Can Help with Your Classes

Wolfram Blog: 15 Ways Wolfram|Alpha Can Help with Your Classes. “Thinking back on those late-night study sessions, I would have saved a lot of time if I had properly used Wolfram|Alpha as a study tool. Because I was a biology major, many of the areas in which I most frequently sought information were related to scientific fields such as chemistry, but Wolfram|Alpha can be a valuable resource in so many more areas. Here are 15 applications of Wolfram|Alpha in topics beyond mathematics. I hope you will find these to be useful both inside and outside the classroom!”

Biodiversity, Wealth Distribution, Mandelbrot Sets and More: Wolfram Community Highlights (Wolfram Blog)

Wolfram Blog: Biodiversity, Wealth Distribution, Mandelbrot Sets and More: Wolfram Community Highlights . “It’s been another busy few months on Wolfram Community! If you’ve kept up with the latest posts, you may have noticed that many are live, interactive notebooks embedded directly from the Wolfram Cloud…. We’ve gathered some of our favorite Wolfram Community posts showing the variety of applications made possible with the Wolfram Language.”

Lifehacker: Use Wolfram Alpha to Conceptualize Giant Numbers

Lifehacker: Use Wolfram Alpha to Conceptualize Giant Numbers. “Our monkey brains didn’t evolve to understand big numbers without some help. So when you run into an abstract figure, it’s good to have some real-world thing to compare it to. That’s why I memorize a few stats about the U.S. population; that’s why we made a video comparing Jeff Bezos’s money to Beyoncé’s. When you need to visualize a certain number, large or small, search it on Wolfram Alpha, and you’ll get a comparison to some real-world objects.”

ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful (VentureBeat)

VentureBeat: ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful. “Wolfram Research yesterday launched Wolfram Alpha Notebook Edition for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The news largely flew under the radar, which is frankly a shame. The new tool combines Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to give students (and teachers) a new way to build through whole computations. But it’s the natural language understanding (NLU) examples that really caught my eye.”

Enhanced Step-by-Step Solutions Now on Mobile: Announcing Wolfram|Alpha 2.0 for iOS (Wolfram Blog)

Wolfram Blog: Enhanced Step-by-Step Solutions Now on Mobile: Announcing Wolfram|Alpha 2.0 for iOS. “In October 2009, a few months after the website launched, we released Wolfram|Alpha 1.0 for the iPhone. Today, we are announcing the latest evolution in Wolfram|Alpha for your iOS phone or tablet, Version 2.0, which is available now on the iOS App Store.”

The Wolfram Function Repository: Launching an Open Platform for Extending the Wolfram Language (Wolfram Blog)

Wolfram Blog: The Wolfram Function Repository: Launching an Open Platform for Extending the Wolfram Language. “Just three weeks ago we launched the Free Wolfram Engine for Developers to help people integrate the Wolfram Language into large-scale software projects. Now, today, we’re launching the Wolfram Function Repository to provide an organized platform for functions that are built to extend the Wolfram Language—and we’re opening up the Function Repository for anyone to contribute.”

Launching Today: Free Wolfram Engine for Developers (Wolfram Blog)

Wolfram Blog: Launching Today: Free Wolfram Engine for Developers. “The Wolfram Engine is the heart of all our products. It’s what implements the Wolfram Language, with all its computational intelligence, algorithms, knowledgebase, and so on. It’s what powers our desktop products (including Mathematica), as well as our cloud platform. It’s what’s inside Wolfram|Alpha—as well as an increasing number of major production systems out in the world. And as of today, we’re making it available for anyone to download, for free, to use in their software development projects.”

Wolfram Alpha: Version 12 Launches Today! (And It’s a Big Jump for Wolfram Language and Mathematica)

Wolfram Alpha: Version 12 Launches Today! (And It’s a Big Jump for Wolfram Language and Mathematica). “OK, so what’s new in 12.0? There are some big and surprising things—notably in chemistry, geometry, numerical uncertainty and database integration. But overall, there are lots of things in lots of areas—and in fact even the basic summary of them in the Documentation Center is already 19 pages long…”

Fishackathon: Protecting Marine Life with AI and the Wolfram Language (Wolfram Alpha)

Wolfram Alpha: Fishackathon: Protecting Marine Life with AI and the Wolfram Language. “The first global competition was held in 2014 and has been growing massively every year. In 2018 the winning entry came from a five-person team from Boston, after competing against 45,000 people in 65 other cities spread across 5 continents. The participants comprised programmers, web and graphic designers, oceanographers and biologists, mathematicians, engineers and students who all worked tirelessly over the course of two days. To find out more about the winning entry for Fishackathon in 2018 and how the Wolfram Language has helped make the seas safer, we sat down with Michael Sollami to learn more about him and his team’s solution to that year’s challenge.”

Martian Commutes and Werewolf Teeth: Using Wolfram|Alpha for Writing Research (Wolfram | Alpha)

Wolfram|Alpha Blog: Martian Commutes and Werewolf Teeth: Using Wolfram|Alpha for Writing Research. “It’s November, also known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This annual celebration of all things writerly is the perfect excuse for would-be authors to sit down and start writing. For educators and librarians, NaNoWriMo is a great time to weave creative writing into curricula, be it through short fiction activities, campus groups or library meet-ups. During NaNoWriMo, authors are typically categorized into two distinct types: pantsers, who ‘write by the seat of their pants,’ and plotters, who are meticulous in their planning. While plotters are likely writing from preplanned outlines, pantsers may need some inspiration. That’s where Wolfram|Alpha comes in handy.”

Revisiting the Disputed Federalist Papers: Historical Forensics with the Chaos Game Representation and AI (Wolfram Blog)

Wolfram Blog: Revisiting the Disputed Federalist Papers: Historical Forensics with the Chaos Game Representation and AI. “In 1944 Douglass Adair published ‘The Authorship of the Disputed Federalist Papers,’ wherein he proposed that [James] Madison had been the author of all 12. It was not until 1963, however, that a statistical analysis was performed. In ‘Inference in an Authorship Problem,’ Frederick Mosteller and David Wallace concurred that Madison had indeed been the author of all of them. An excellent account of their work, written much later, is Mosteller’s ‘Who Wrote the Disputed Federalist Papers, Hamilton or Madison?.’ His work on this had its beginnings also in the 1940s, but it was not until the era of ‘modern’ computers that the statistical computations needed could realistically be carried out.”

Wolfram: Notebooks in Your Pocket—Wolfram Player for iOS Is Now Shipping

Wolfram: Notebooks in Your Pocket—Wolfram Player for iOS Is Now Shipping. “Ten months ago, I announced the beginning of our open beta program for Wolfram Player for iOS. The beta is over, and we are now shipping Wolfram Player in the App Store. Wolfram Player for iOS joins Wolfram CDF Player on Windows, Mac and Linux as a free platform for sharing your notebook content with the world.”

Wolfram|Alpha: It’s Another Impressive Release! Launching Version 11.2 Today

Wolfram|Alpha: It’s Another Impressive Release! Launching Version 11.2 Today. “We have a very deliberate strategy for our releases. Integer releases (like 11) concentrate on major complete new frameworks that we’ll be building on far into the future. ‘.1’ releases (like 11.2) are intended as snapshots of the latest output from our R&D pipeline–delivering new capabilities large and small as soon as they’re ready. Version 11.2 has a mixture of things in it—ranging from ones that provide finishing touches to existing major frameworks, to ones that are first hints of major frameworks under construction. “