Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the greatest minds of our time.But like any genius, he didn’t spring forth fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s head.Before Hawking, the scientist, was Hawking, the postgraduate student.And while we can’t travel back through time (yet), we can at least try to get a glimpse of the young man of 24 through his 1966 thesis.“Properties of expanding universes” marked the start of Hawking’s very public life as one of the world’s top physicists.As part of its goal to make such wealth of knowledge more easily available to all, and in time for its Open Access Week, Cambridge has added the thesis to its Apollo Open Access repository, alongside papers from the likes of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
A lot of people want to read something they'll barely understand.The University of Cambridge made famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1966 doctoral thesis freely available to the public today (Oct. 23), and demand for the document has been so intense that it crashed the download website.As of this afternoon, that website — https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251038 — was still down.Hawking's 134-page thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes," was already the most-requested item in Cambridge's open-access repository, known as Apollo, university officials said in a statement.Hundreds of people had asked to download the document in just the past few months, they added.Now people don't have to ask.
The University of Cambridge recently made Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis publicly available via their open access repository, and sent Physics enthusiasts across the globe into raptures.Hawking's paper, which was written over 50 years ago and made public by Cambridge with his permission, garnered so much interest that shortly after the paper went live, the university's website reportedly crashed for a brief period."By making my PhD thesis open access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos," Hawking said in a statement after it was announced that his thesis would be made public."Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and inquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding."Since Cambridge University announced making Hawking's paper public, over 400,000 people have reportedly viewed the university's repository page."We have had a huge response to Professor Hawking's decision to make his PhD thesis publicly available to download, with 60,000 downloads in less than 24 hours," a spokesperson for the University of Cambridge said in a statement to Mashable.
Although the importance of machine learning methods in genome research has grown steadily in recent years, researchers have often had to resort to using obsolete software.This will change with the new free open access repository: Kipoi enables an easy exchange of machine learning models in the field of genome research.The repository was created by Julien Gagneur, Assistant Professor of Computational Biology at the TUM, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)."What makes Kipoi special is that it provides free access to machine learning models that have already been trained," says Julien Gagneur.These models are ready to use, because all the cumbersome work of applying them to data has already been done," says Anshul Kundaje, Assistant Professor at Stanford.More than 2,000 trained models are currently freely accessible on Kipoi.