LONDON – The University of Cambridge put Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis online, generating so much interest that it crashed the website.
Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, âProperties of Expanding Universesâ explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated throughout the scientist’s career.
“This thesis has been made publicly available by kind permission of Professor Stephen Hawking,” read the university’s website.
The university says the thesis was already the most requested item in its online repository.
It was free to download on Monday to mark Open Access week. The website was intermittently inaccessible during the day as it struggled to manage the huge interest.
Hawking said he hoped that making his thesis accessible to everyone “would inspire people around the world to look at the stars and not at their feet; to question our place in the universe and to try to make sense of it. cosmos”.
Hawking, who is now 75, was first diagnosed at age 21 with a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which gradually left him paralyzed. At the time, he was not expected to live more than a few years. Instead, he pursued one of the most renowned careers in modern science.