Stephen Hawking Submits Theory On End Of The World As We Know It Days Before Death

The paper was finished just two weeks before he died aged 76 and also revealed evidence of a ‘multiverse’, a theory our universe is one of many as a result of the Big Bang. The remarkable research suggests astronomers could use a detector on a spaceship to measure other universes.

If his theory was proved while he was alive it would have put him in the running for a Nobel Prize - something he never achieved during his lifetime. His co-author, Thomas Hertog, told the Sunday Times: “He has often been nominated for the Nobel and should have won it. Now he never can.”

The paper was called A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation and suggests the universe expanded exponentially before settling down to slower expansion. The theory was initially impossible to test but Mr Hertog said he and Hawking were desperate to take the idea of a multiverse and turn it into a “testable scientific framework”.

The potentially ground-breaking paper also concludes the earth is doomed to fade into darkness because the starts will eventually run out of energy. 

Cosmologists have found the theory of humanity fading into darkness somewhat controversial. Professor Neil Turok, director of Canada's Perimeter Institute, was even confused as to why Hawking found the idea so enthralling.

However, some scientists have dubbed the paper the breakthrough cosmology needs. Carlos Frenk, professor of cosmology, agreed that it has previously been impossible to measure other universes. She said: “The intriguing idea in Hawking's paper is that the multiverse left its imprint on the background radiation permeating our universe and we could measure it with a detector on a spaceship.”

She also argued finding evidence that other universes exist could turn our perception of our place in the cosmos on its head. In 1983, Hawking drew up a model with James Hartle. It explained how the universe began but also suggested the Big Bang created an infinite number of other universes. 

Hawking’s work also included the theory of relativity as well his best-selling 1988 book A Brief History of Time. He died on Wednesday following a life-long battle with motor neurone disease.

Other theories consisted of radiation from black holes, as well as being the first to use the theory of relativity explaining cosmology. Despite having a life expectancy of just two years, he went on to live another 55 years.

However he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at an early age, with his first symptoms being discovered when he was at Oxford University. He was diagnosed when he was 21 in 1963. Upon his death, the world-renounced scientist accumulated a staggering $20 million wealth.