Free access to the doctoral thesis of Stephen Hawking
By: Fedora Atjeh | 10/24/2017 10:19:00 PM
Stephen Hawking's 1966 Ph.D. dissertation, Properties of Expanding Universes, has been open to the public for free through the University of Cambridge Apollo Repository, as it was the most requested element in Apollo, with a demand reaching hundreds of consultations per month.
Hawking has given express permission for the release of his thesis. This initiative comes as a result of Open Access Week 2017. According to him himself explains:
In doing my doctoral thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people all over the world to look at the stars and not at their feet, to wonder about our place in the universe and try to make sense of the cosmos. Anyone, anywhere in the world, should have free and unimpeded access not only to my research, but to the investigation of every great and inquiring mind through the spectrum of human understanding.
When conducting an academic study it is imperative to consult hundreds and hundreds of documents. The problem is that many of these knowledge have such a restrictive copyright that, in most cases, a few euros should be disbursed just to read them. That has forced many students to resort to pirated copies.