It was revealed yesterday that Professor Stephen Hawking, known as one of the greatest minds of our time, may have left one last great scientific legacy before passing away.
From his deathbed, Professor Hawking penned a groundbreaking research paper, with co-author Professor Thomas Hertog, suggesting we are indeed part of a larger multiverse.
Although the paper is yet to be released, it is believed that it outlines mathematics showing how our cosmos is only one of many universes, and how these universes could be found using a probe on a spaceship.
While it sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, and the ideas are still controversial, this theory is the first of its kind that could be tested in experiments. This has lead some scientists to say that Hawking’s work might be the breakthrough that cosmology needs.
“This was Stephen: to boldly go where Star Trek fears to tread,” said co-author, Professor Hertog from KU Leuven University in Belgium.
The paper finally confronts an issue that had bothered Professor Hawking since 1983, when his “no boundary theory” (co-authored by Professor James Hartle) found the Big Bang in our universe may have been accompanied by an infinite number of others, each producing a separate universe.
It is reported the paper also argues how our universe will eventually end — by fading into blackness. Last June, Professor Hawking suggested at the Starmus Festival that we need to figure out a way to move off this earth before it’s too late.
“We are running out of space, and the only place we can go to are other worlds.”
With the uncovering of Professor Hawking’s latest theory, the question arises: was he suggesting moving to a another planet, or a whole other universe?
Professor Hawking’s final paper had its latest revisions approved just 10 days before the scientist passed away, hopefully providing him with peace that he had finally solved the puzzle that daunted him for so many years.
The Australian and DailyMail have both reported that, were he still alive, these latest findings may have put Hawking in line for the Nobel prize he always desired.