Stephen Hawking's Ph.D thesis goes online, website crashes

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The University of Cambridge has made 1966 scientific barnstormer Properties of Expanding Universes available for download as part of its archive, plus there's even a scanned version of the actual document online if you want to read it in authentic 1966 typewritten format.

More than 30,000 have so far accessed his work as a 24-year-old postgraduate.

A University of Cambridge spokesperson said: "We have had a huge response to Prof Hawking's decision to make his PhD thesis publicly available to download, with nearly 60,000 downloads in less than 24 hours".

If, however, you would like to go back to where it all began you can download and read Professor Hawking's thesis right here.

The university now hopes that many of its other well-known academics will follow in Professor Hawking's example and will make their doctoral theses available.

Hawking said in today's statement that each generation builds upon one another, and his own work was built off a foundation provided by Newton and Einstein and James Clark Maxwell.

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The University of Cambridge has posted Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis online.

The paper's release is timed for Open Access Week 2017, a worldwide event aimed at promoting free and open access to scholarly research. By eliminating the barriers between people and knowledge we can realise new breakthroughs in all areas of science, medicine and technology. "It is especially important for disseminating the knowledge acquired during doctoral research studies".

From this month and into the future, all Cambridge Ph.D. students will be required to include an electronic copy of their work for preservation. PhD theses contain a vast trove of untapped and unique information just waiting to be used, but which is often locked away from view and scrutiny. About 200 requests have been made for it since May 2016; the next most requested thesis was requested 13 times.

"Cambridge University Library has a 600-year-old history we are very proud of", said Jessica Gardner, director of library services at the school. Their research data was on paper and we have preserved that with great care and share it openly on line through our digital library. The items made available in Apollo have been accessed from almost every country and in 2017 have collectively received over one million downloads.