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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis from 1966 available online for the first time


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Phd thesis written in 1966 by a 24 year old Cambridge postgraduate student is now available to download and read anywhere in the world through internet.

Stephen Hawking hopes that giving free access to his early work will inspire others, not just to think and learn but to share research. He 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.

Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and inquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.”  — Stephen Hawking

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himself simply hopes it will help readers “make sense of the cosmos”.

Until now copies of the thesis had been available either for consultation in the University Library or for purchase. 

View the thesis from here –

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