Stephen Hawking's PhD Thesis Crashes Cambridge Website
A thesis written by Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist, when he was aged 24 crashed a Cambridge website on Tuesday after it was made public.
It drew mass attention as many people wanted to read the online doctoral thesis by the British astrophysicist, the university said.
The site went down on the first day “Properties of Expanding Universes” was made available for free.
The 134-page document was retrieved 60,000 times in just a few hours.
According to the university, it has remained the most-requested item at the Cambridge library before it was made public.
Giving the university the go ahead to make the document public, Dr. Hawking said: “I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at stars and not down at their feet”.
Hawking, 75, said he wanted unhindered access to the work he wrote when he 24.
Since his book “A Brief History of the Time’’ was published in 1988, Hawking has become famous across the world.
Still working in old age, Hawking suffers from incurable motor neurone disease which has left him in a wheelchair and needing to use a computer voice to communicate.