Stephen Hawking’s ‘Final Theory’ gets published

Hertog and Hawking
Belgian physicist Thomas Hertog meets with Stephen Hawking in 2015. (KU Leuven / Facebook)

Weeks after the death of British physicist Stephen Hawking, his final research paper on the nature of our universe and its place in the wider multiverse was published today in the Journal of High-Energy Physics.

Now it’s up to his co-author, Belgian physicist Thomas Hertog, to keep an eye out for observational evidence for or against Hawking’s “Final Theory.”

The pre-print version of the paper — titled “A Smooth Exit From Eternal Inflation?” — has been circulating for months. It addresses the rather mind-blowing idea that our universe is merely one of the many possible manifestations in a multiverse.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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