Stephen Hawking’s Multiverse

Professor Stephen Hawking’s final research paper was submitted to the Journal of High-Energy Physics ten days before he died on March 14, 2018.  In the paper, “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?“, Hawking and his co-author Thomas Hertog present a new multiverse theory with the implication that the Big Bang would not create just one universe, but an infinite number.  This could completely change our perception of our place in the cosmos.  This article is likely to be widely read since the Journal of High-Energy Physics is openly available as part of SCOAP3.

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Alison Verbeck is the Physics Librarian at Washington University. For more information, contact Alison: