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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis is now available online

The Verge Monday, 23 October 2017
Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis is now available onlineAnyone can download and read Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis “Properties of expanding universes” now that the scientist has given permission for it to be open access.

Hawking is a theoretical physicist famous for his research in relativity and black holes. The 134-page dissertation, written when Hawking was only 24, is the most-requested item at the Cambridge library, according to the university. About 200 requests have been made for it since May 2016; the next most requested thesis was requested 13 times. People had to pay $85 for a digital copy of Hawking’s thesis, or physically go to the library, but now it’s free for download at the University of Cambridge's Open Access repository Apollo.

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(CNN)For the first time ever, influential British scientist Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis is available to the public -- if you can get the web page to load. In honor of Open Access Week, the University of Cambridge on Monday put the 1966 PhD thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes," on its...

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