The following is an excerpt from ELANA GLOWATZ | October 23, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
Update, 5:39 EST, Oct. 23: After Stephen Hawking’s 1966 thesis on the expanding universe was posted online, there was so much public demand that the University of Cambridge’s online archive crashed from the masses of people trying to open Hawking’s work. The high-resolution scan of the original thesis, however, remained online.
Now anyone can read Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis about the expansion of the universe.
The University of Cambridge has made the work from the famous astrophysicist available online for free, giving people an opportunity to read the thesis from 1966 in which Hawking examines the finer details of a universe that is expanding, as opposed to one that is static.
“By making my PhD thesis open access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos,” Hawking said in a university statement. “Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.”
As a mark of how long ago Hawking was investigating the universe’s expansion, the thesis opens its introduction with the sentence, “The idea that the universe is expanding is of recent origin.”
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