Hawking’s PhD gets two million views

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Image caption Stephen Hawking’s handwriting is visible on the document

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis was accessed more than 2 million times within days of this being made available to the public, it has been exposed.

Prof Hawking’s 1966 work proved so popular on the day of its launch it crashed the publications area of Cambridge University’s website.

More than five hundred, 000 people have also tried to down load the paper, titled “Properties associated with expanding universes”.

Doctor Arthur Smith, from the university, the figures “monumental”.

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Image caption Professor Hawking is still working at Cambridge College at the age of 75

“This is far and away probably the most accessed item we have in the university’s Apollo repository, ” Dr Cruz, deputy head of scholarly conversation, said.

“I’d risk a guess that Prof Hawking’s PhD thesis is also the most accessed product from any research repository actually. We’ve never seen numbers such as this before. ”


Factfile: Stephen Hawking

  • Born 8 The month of january 1942 in Oxford, England
  • Gained place at Oxford University to learn natural science in 1959, just before studying for his PhD in Cambridge
  • By 1963, was identified as having motor neurone disease and provided two years to live
  • Outlined his concept that black holes emit “Hawking radiation” in 1974
  • Published their book A Brief History of Time in 1988, which has sold more than 10 mil copies
  • His life story was your subject of the 2014 film The idea of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne

Prof Hawking wrote the particular 134-page document as a 24-year-old postgraduate student while studying at Trinity Corridor, Cambridge.

The astrophysicist, who has been at Cambridge University or college since 1962, would later continue to write A Brief History of Time, one of the most important scientific works ever.

Since it went live at 00: 01 BST on Monday, the particular PhD has been accessed about 2 million times by about 800, 500 unique browsers “from every part of the globe”, according to the university.

The next most read PhD thesis has received just seven, 960 downloads in 2017.

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Image caption The opening page associated with Stephen Hawking’s PhD, when he or she was a 24-year-old studying at Trinity Corridor

Formerly, to read Hawking’s PhD in full, individuals had to pay £ 65 towards the university library to scan the copy or physically go to the collection to read it.

Cambridge University hopes to encourage the other former academics to make their particular work available to the public, like Prof Hawking has.

Doctor Smith added: “Locking knowledge plus information behind closed doors benefits no-one. inch