Due to its popularity, I am interested to know the 4 chapter titles and topics covered in S.W. Hawking Ph.D, Properties of Expanding Universes. I also ask this because that thesis is hardly available.

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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps this question would be better suited for History of Science and Mathematics? $\endgroup$ – Danu May 28 '15 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ There's limited information in "Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science" - it describes it as a "messy effor" with "holes and unanswered questions", but it was saved by the final chapter, which I think contained a singularity theorem $\endgroup$ – innisfree May 28 '15 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ Direct PDF link. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Oct 26 '17 at 9:10

It seems it went online at last! It went global and public, and it collapsed the wave-function! Here https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251038

From this, the chapter titles are...

  • Title: Properties of expanding universes.
  • Abstract.
  • Introduction.
  • Acknowledgements.
  • Chapter 1. The Hoyle-Narlikar theory of gravitation.
  • Chapter 2. Perturbations.
  • Chapter 3. Gravitational radiation in an expanding universe.
  • Chapter 4. Singularities.
  • References.
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    $\begingroup$ Glad you found it. May I suggest you combine this with your other answer into a single "answer with reference"? $\endgroup$ – Floris Nov 18 '16 at 13:27
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    $\begingroup$ It is done! Thanks! I wonder if Hawking himself had something to do with the free access to his Ph.D... I would love to know if he read us and decided to upload it all! :) $\endgroup$ – riemannium Nov 18 '16 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ Where is the highest resolution and uncompressed version currently available? $\endgroup$ – Bobby Oct 24 '17 at 10:36

Every thesis submitted for a PhD in Cambridge is archived at the Cambridge University Library. They should be able to get you a copy (for a fee).

See http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/dissertations.html

  • $\begingroup$ they might let you come to the university library and look at it, but it isn't borrowable (see the link in the question) and i don't see any indication that they hold/share an electronic copy $\endgroup$ – innisfree May 29 '15 at 7:14
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    $\begingroup$ found on google worldcat.org/title/properties-of-expanding-universes/oclc/… . It gave me on the right the closest three libraries where they have it on microfilm. Try calling them if you want to read it. $\endgroup$ – anna v Sep 16 '15 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ the link has a facility for checking if a copy exists in the nearest libraries. Seems the closest to greece is UK and illinois $\endgroup$ – anna v Sep 16 '15 at 14:01

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