Firefox Adds Wolfram Alpha to Google

May 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A handy new add-on to Mozilla’s Firefox browser merges the brainy Wolfram Alpha search engine to your Google search engine. When performing a search, results from Wolfram Alpha’s search engine appear on the side of your Google page.

This add-on is a great way to combine your more pedestrian, every-day searches with the more intellectual Wolfram Alpha search engine that actually answers questions and solves problems. Google on the other hand, spits out pages of search results that require you to scan through the pages and links.

The addition of Wolfram Alpha to a Google search doesn’t slow down the search process and offers a complimentary enhancement to your searches. If your job requires extensive research or you just like surfing the web for arcane material, Firefox’s Wolfram Alpha add-on is worth a try.

(Update: A commenter asked for a link to the Wolfram Alpha add-on. Here it is:

The add-on is still experimental, but so far has worked great. If you want to add your two cents about an experimental add-on, you need to register with the Mozilla add-on site. )



16 Responses to “Firefox Adds Wolfram Alpha to Google”

  1. rssfever » Firefox Adds Wolfram Alpha to Google | ChattahBox News Blog on May 21st, 2009 2:41 pm

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  2. zos on May 23rd, 2009 1:22 am

    And you don’t bother to post a bloody link to the addon?

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  4. carnivorouz on May 23rd, 2009 12:48 pm

    “Google on the other hand, spits out pages of search results that require you to scan through the pages and links.”

    Not to be biased or anything

  5. Arno on May 23rd, 2009 3:28 pm

    @ zos: a little searching goes a long way 😉

  6. mike on May 23rd, 2009 3:37 pm

    “Not to be biased or anything”

    Nope, just factual. Problem?

  7. Sue on May 23rd, 2009 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the updated link Arno 🙂

  8. Jeff on May 23rd, 2009 6:37 pm

    I wish people would stop Wolfram|Alpha a search engine. It is not a search engine. If anything, it is a computation engine. It doesn’t search the Web looking for answers. It computes answers to questions using a vast array of data sources.

  9. Jeff on May 23rd, 2009 6:38 pm

    ^ ERRATA to above previous post: “I wish people would stop CALLING Wolfram|Alpha a search engine.”

  10. Bear on May 23rd, 2009 6:57 pm
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  13. joeblow on May 25th, 2009 1:09 am

    You people have got to be kidding? If it was a computation engine, it would actually do some…. computations. The reality is that its worthless. Seriously, go try it, then instead of plugging in the predefined examples they have been pushing, put in a query for an answer you need. Thought so.

  14. supersawsaw on May 25th, 2009 5:56 am

    cool but just a complementary tool. and I have to agree with jeff, wolfram Alpha is not a search engine.

  15. anonymous on May 26th, 2009 12:53 am

    Wolfram Alpha is NOT a search engine, its a COMPUTATIONAL ENGINE. It is not going to directly compete with google’s market, maybe side-by-side by not directly against one another.

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