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You can now read Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis for free

You can now read Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis for free
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If you can get the page to load, that is. On Monday, the University of Cambridge posted Stephen Hawking’s highly requested doctoral thesisProperties of Expanding Universes, in full. According to the university, Hawking’s thesis—which he wrote at the age of 24—was the most popular document in its research library, Apollo, drawing hundreds of views each month. Until now, those interested in reading the thesis had to shell out $85 (65 British pounds) for a copy or pay a visit to the university library. Now you can view it for free via Open Access.

As of last night, the 134-page document had reportedly been downloaded nearly 60,000 times, which might explain why the site crashed. We still haven’t been able to access the document, but if you do, keep an eye out for what appears to be a minor typo in the first chapter.PM