Hawking's Last Theory. on Other Universes

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Hawking's Last Theory. on Other Universes


Byline: Eleanor Harding Education Correspondent

STEPHEN Hawking's final research paper has been revealed - and it could hold the key to proving the existence of multiple universes.

Experts say the study may be the scientist's most important legacy, and would have put him in the running for a Nobel prize had he lived.

The paper, which was completed on his deathbed, describes how we might detect the other universes that make up what he called the 'multiverse'.

It was submitted two weeks ago and sets out the maths needed for a space probe to find experimental evidence for the theory that our universe is only one of many. Until now, scientists have never been able to test the theory in experiments.

Thomas Hertog, professor of theoretical physics at KU Leuven University in Belgium, who co-wrote the paper, said yesterday: 'This was Stephen: to boldly go where Star Trek fears to tread.' The paper examines an issue that had puzzled Professor Hawking since he jointly devised his 1983 'no-boundary' theory, which described how the universe instantaneously exploded into existence with the Big Bang, through a process known as inflation. …

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