Stephen Hawking's School Homework is Now Downloadable

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the earliest examples of What Stephen Hawking Thinks About Something is now out there for everyone to (try to) read, with a thesis of the man's from the 1960s released online.

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.

Hawking's agreement was required prior to the publication of his thesis, with the university saying the document quickly became the most-requested item in its digital archive upon release. The professor, who was 24 when he wrote it, said: "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."

So go out tonight and squint at the clouds for 10 seconds before getting cold and going in again to look at your telephone. [Cambridge]

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