The University of Cambridge recently posted Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D thesis “Properties of expanding universes” on its website.
Demand for the publication was so high that it crashed part of the university’s website, reported the BBC.
The thesis was made available for free online for the first time yesterday, and was accessed over 60,000 times.
Hawking’s thesis is the most-requested item in the Cambridge University library.
Since May 2016, 199 requests were made for the document. The BBC reported that the second-most-popular publication was requested 13 times over the same period.
Previously, you had to pay the university library £65 to scan a copy of the thesis, or go to the library to read it.
Following the original publication of his thesis, Hawking continued to work on singularity theorem concepts – theorising that the universe may have begun as a singularity.