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Monday, March 19, 2018

Stephen Hawking's deathbed legacy: Physicist predicted end of world in final research paper submitted just DAYS before he died

Physicist Stephen Hawking submitted a final, 'groundbreaking' research paper just two weeks before he died - which predicts the end of our existence, it has been revealed.
The document, thought to have been completed on Prof Hawking's deathbed, describes how our universe will eventually fade into blackness as all its stars run out of energy.
It also reveals how humanity might detect experimental evidence of a multiverse - laying out the maths that may be needed for a space probe to discover such evidence.
Prof Hawking passed away peacefully at his home aged 76 earlier this week, more than 50 years after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease at just 22. 
Despite his remarkable work, he never achieved the Nobel Prize.
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However, if evidence of a multiverse had been discovered during his lifetime, he could have ended up in the running for the coveted award, The Sunday Times reports.
Professor Thomas Hertog, co-author of the paper, told the newspaper: "He has often been nominated for the Nobel and should have won it. Now he never can."
Prof Hawking, a dad of three, had believed there was more than one universe.
His “no boundary" theory, which he developed with James Hartle, described how the universe does not have a boundary and came into existence through the Big Bang.
However, the theory also suggested that other 'Big Bangs' took place - producing an infinite number of universes, which can be referred to as a "multiverse". “We wanted to transform the idea of a multiverse into a testable scientific framework,” said Prof Hertog.
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The new paper, A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation, was reportedly submitted only a fortnight before Hawking passed away and is currently under review by a journal.
Some scientists have said it could be a breakthrough in the cosmology field.
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Prof Hawking, who died at his Cambridge home, was given just a few years to live when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in his early twenties.
But defying medics' expectations, he lived to 76. During his lifetime, he married twice - to Jane Wilde and Elaine Mason - and had three kids, Lucy, Robert and Tim.
His children announced his death in a statement on Wednesday, saying: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
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"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.
"He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love'.
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"We will miss him forever."
Prof Hawking arrived at the University of Cambridge in 1962 as a PhD student.
He rose through the ranks to become the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton, in 1979.
Paying tribute to Prof Hawking, the University of Cambridge said he was "an inspiration to millions" and his work would leave "an indelible legacy".
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Meanwhile, Nasa remembered him as a "renowned physicist and ambassador of science".
And inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, tweeted: "We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking."
Prof Hawking, a vocal champion of the NHS, was born in 1942 in Oxford. His rise to fame and relationship with his first wife Jane was dramatised in the 2014 film, The Theory Of Everything, in which Eddie Redmayne put in an Oscar-winning performance as the physicist.

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