Days before he died, Hawking submitted paper on parallel universe

Cesar Mills
March 20, 2018

This theory, that the universe inflates or expands exponentially and then settles down to a slower pace of expansion, has never been tested in a meaningful way. He has often been nominated for the Nobel and should have won it.

Hawking and his co-author, Thomas Hertog, wrote the paper on his deathbed.

Stephen Hawking pushed off of this mortal coil last week, but the world-famous physicist was pondering some of humanity's most puzzling questions right up until the end.

The latest paper is an attempt at proving the "No-Boundaries" theory that the brilliant physicist framed in 1983 alongside James Hartle to explain the Big Bang in quantum mechanical terms.

But the theory also predicted an infinite number of big bangs, each creating their own universe, a "multiverse", which presented a mathematical paradox because it is seemingly impossible to measure.

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It is now being reviewed by a leading scientific journal and may well prove the astrophysicist's most important scientific discovery, no small feat considering the remarkable body of work he has left behind.

One of the world's best-known scientists, who died peacefully at his home in Cambridge aged 76 on March 14, set out the maths needed for a space probe to find experimental evidence for the existence of a "multiverse". However, Hertog says that he and Hawking had wanted to take the theory of the multiverse and make it into a "testable scientific framework". This research paper also predicts the end of our universe and how it would eventually fade into blackness as all its stars run out of energy.

The idea of a dying universe, though, has remained controversial with cosmologists like Hawking's friend Neil Turok, director of Canada's Perimeter Institute.

The film, rated 12, is an extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world's greatest minds, and is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by his first wife, Jane Hawking.

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