Things You Can Do With Wolfram Alpha

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Wolfram Alpha, a computational engine that answers fact-based queries, is a fascinating tool that many people are aware of, but don't use its full capabilities. The following Wolfram Alpha shortcuts will help you frame your queries more efficiently and retrieve hyper-appropriate results.

Math problems

You can do basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc) with Wolfram Alpha, but you can also use it to compute fractions, decimals ("pi to 1000 digits"), or convert a decimal number to another base. Here's a few more:


Whether you're an astronomy buff or just looking to learn a few new facts about the universe, Wolfram Alpha does the job. You can use Wolfram Alpha to generate a star chart; you can append your local area on that command (i.e., "san francisco star chart") to make it even more personal.

Life Sciences

Get information about dinosaurs, animal species, or molecular biology. More tricks:

  • Compare multiple species and their characteristics, for example: puma, lion, red fox.
  • Learn more about a specific kind of dinosaur—how about a triceratops?
  • Analyze a protein, for instance, myoglobin.


Communications technology, photography, barcodes, and more.


Wolfram Alpha offers many useful financial functions and calculations so you can get quick answers.


Learn more about the components that make up your favorite musical composition.

Sports and games

Sports, while definitely emotionally fulfilling, also offer a lot of very scientific facts and statistics, many of which you can find on Wolfram Alpha.


Wolfram Alpha is a fantastic source for stats, especially geography.

People and history

Whether you're looking for information on a historical person of interest or just researching your family tree, Wolfram Alpha is a good resource.

Cultural events

Wolfram Alpha is a wonderful resource for stats on pretty much anything you can think of and cultural information is definitely not an exception.