Hawking's final paper points way to new worlds

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 19, 2018

She said: 'The intriguing idea in Hawking's paper is that [the multiverse] left its imprint on the background radiation permeating our universe and we could measure it with a detector on a spaceship'.

The paper sets out to prove the idea that our cosmos is only one of many universes, reports "The Sunday Times".

"This was Stephen: to boldly go where Star Trek fears to tread".

The world renowned physicist "would have won a Nobel Prize" for the research paper he completed from his deathbed, his co-author professor Thomas Hertog has said.

Hawking first proposed the existence of a multiverse in 1983, in a paper written with James Hartle.

But the theory also predicted a multiverse meaning the phenomenon was accompanied by a number of other "Big Bangs" creating separate universes.

Others have predicted the universe's constant inflation will tear it apart, perhaps in only a few billion years; others suggest the expansion will slow, with everything falling back together in a "big crunch".

This was a mathematical paradox that made it impossible to test the idea experimentally.

Scientist Stephen Hawking did not support the claims made by Union minister Harsh Vardhan that the Vedas have a theory superior to Albert Einstein's E=mc^2 equation, a founding trustee of the Stephen Hawking Foundation told The Telegraph on Saturday.

In the research paper, Hawking predicts the end of humanity's existence and suggested a way of detecting evidence of a multiverse.

While the scientific community delves into the insights offered in this final research paper by the genius, Hawking's children are grappling with a bigger conundrum how to manage the large numbers of well-wishers who would want to pay their last respects at his funeral, to be held in Cambridge later this month. Hawking, the author of "A Brief History of Time", leaves behind two former wives, Jane and Elaine, and three children and is mourned by thousands of colleagues, collaborators and friends.

The scientist's life is also set to be commemorated with a memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London, an accolade reserved for exceptional individuals. Invitees are expected to span the worlds of academia, showbiz and politics from around the world. Cambridge University is also deliberating on a permanent memorial to their famous Fellow.

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