The famous British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking was working on a theory to explain the intricacies of our universe, notably its end and the potential existence of parallel universes with a Belgian scientist from KU Leuven just a few weeks before his death.
Two weeks before his death, Stephen Hawking delivered an article in which he predicts the extinction of life on our planet. Entitled “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation”, this paper was co-written with Thomas Hertog, a physicist at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
According to the two scientists, our universe will eventually disappear when all the stars in the Universe will stop producing energy, which will have the effect of plunging the cosmos into complete darkness.
In this article, Stephen Hawking and Thomas Hertog also evoke the “multiverse” theory: the existence of multiple universes parallel to ours that would have developed following the Big Bang. According to them, these universes could be discovered thanks to a probe placed on a spaceship, which would allow humans to understand where they come from.
For Thomas Hertog, this last article could have been awarded a Nobel Prize to Stephen Hawking. “He has often been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and he should have won, and now he will never get it,” he told The Sunday Times.
Currently under review, this article should be published soon in a leading scientific journal.