The PhD thesis of renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has been accessed more than two million times from across the world.
Stephen Hawking’s 1966 thesis, released on Cambridge University’s website last week, proved to be so popular that it crashed the publications section of the site on the first day.
More than 500,000 people have also tried to download the paper, titled “Properties of expanding universes”.Hawking, 75, wrote the 134-page document as a 24-year-old postgraduate student while studying at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
The astrophysicist later went on to write “A Brief History of Time”, one of the most influential scientific works ever.
Since May 2016, 199 requests were made for the PhD, most of which are believed to be from the general public rather than academics, reports the BBC.
The thesis covers several topics, including recently discovered gravitational radiation, but the final chapter is the part that many physicists consider the most significant. It deals with the birth of the universe itself, and is simply titled “Singularities”.
Since it went live last week, the PhD thesis has been accessed about two million times by about 800,000 unique browsers “from every corner of the globe”, the BBC News reported.
The next most read PhD thesis has received just 7,960 downloads in 2017.