(CNN)For the first time ever, influential British scientist Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis is available to the public — if you can get the web page to load. In honor of Open Access Week, the University of Cambridge on Monday put the 1966 PhD thesis, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” on its open access repository. Shortly after it went live, requests to view the research crashed the website. “We have had a huge response to Professor Hawking’s decision to make his PhD thesis publicly available to download, with almost 60,000 downloads in less than 24 hours,” spokesman Stuart Roberts said.
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