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Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online

By late Monday, the thesis had been viewed more than 60,000 times, a Cambridge official says. He adds, "Other popular theses might have 100 views per month."
The acknowledgements page of Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis includes his certification that the paper is his own work. Source: Cambridge University Libary

Interest in "Properties of Expanding Universes" is at an all-time high: Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis of that name has crashed Cambridge University's open-access repository on the first day the document was posted online.

The Cambridge Library available for download from its website, from what it called a high-resolution "72 Mb" file to a digitized version that's less than half that file size. A "reduced" version was offered that was even smaller — but intense interest overwhelmed the servers.

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