Maybe I’m missing something.
I’m afraid I’m completely underwhelmed by the new search site, Wolfram Alpha. A number of blogs have mentioned the site and have been fairly positive about the site and what it can do. I’ve tried a few things, and the results have been spotty at best.
I tried Henry VIII as a search (I’ve been watching The Tudors) and it came up with very basic information: full name, date and place of birth, dateand place of death.
Nothing else? Protestant reformation and the birth of the Church of England? Six wives? Daddy of Elizabeth I? Nothing?
I added “wives” to the search, and it told me that “Wolfram\Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input.” Tried “wives of Henry VIII.” Nothing. “Six wives of Henry VIII.” Nothing.
For a site that’s supposed to have a wealth of knowledge, it’s not very knowledgable.
They have an area of searches to try, and those are kind of handy; for instance, you can enter two different companies and the site will put up a comparative chart of their financials.
Perhaps this will be more inclusive in the future. Maybe it’s just for financial and mathematical stuff and not social science stuff. In any case, I’m not sure that it’s particularly helpful…or, any more so than other tools.
I guess you can put me in the “we’ll see” camp for now.