Too many people want to read Stephen Hawking's newly free doctoral thesis

The University of Cambridge gave the public free access to Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis, and unexpected demand crashed some of the venerable institution’s servers.

Access to the theoretical physicist’s 1966 thesis, entitled “Properties of Expanding Universes,” previously cost £65 ($86), either for a scan or for the opportunity to physically read the document. However, the University of Cambridge put the thesis onto its Apollo open-access repository on Monday, in a...

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