About Thad

Thad being mys­te­rious in the desert.

Thad Roberts is a the­o­ret­ical physi­cist, a philoso­pher of physics, the inspi­ra­tion behind the New York Times best seller Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, and the author of ‘Einstein’s Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions‘.


Thad enjoys exploring unfa­miliar realms and seeking out new expe­ri­ences in an attempt to absorb new per­spec­tives and to expand his own hori­zons. He has sailed across the Atlantic through a trop­ical storm in a 55 foot sloop, exca­vated dinosaur fos­sils from the Great Basin, Mojave and Chihuahuan deserts, mined for rare gem stones in the Wah Wah moun­tains, skin­dived off the shores of Hawaii, flown zero-gravity, expe­ri­enced extreme iso­la­tion, explored the remains of a sunken ship, and dis­cov­ered the jungle cov­ered remains of an ancient Mayan complex.


When he was 22, Thad was hired on as a co-op at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He worked as an Astrophysicist, then a Geo-astrophysicst, and even­tu­ally became a Flight Lead in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where he SCUBA dived with the astro­nauts, helped train them for their EVAs (space walks), and par­tic­i­pated in under­water studies of the International Space Station mock-ups.


At age 25 Thad fell in love with a bril­liant and beau­tiful Biology intern at NASA. Wanting to give her­ the moon (lit­er­ally), Thad mas­ter­minded the infa­mous moon rock caper and made off with lunar sam­ples. 33 years to the day after Neil Armstrong first picked up a piece of the moon, Thad sold some of those pieces and landed in the middle of a gov­ern­ment sting.


Thad was sen­tenced to 100 months in fed­eral prison for his actions. Though he would never repeat those acts, Thad doesn’t regret how things turned out. Despite the iso­la­tion, lone­li­ness, and hard lessons that defined those years, he notes that without that time of intense ded­i­ca­tion and con­stant focus he may have never dived so deeply into ques­tions about the con­struc­tion of our Universe. After coming face to face with his own inse­cu­ri­ties, Thad decided to over­come the odds of his past mis­takes and to once again strive for his dreams. His days in prison were spent teaching, exer­cising, wrestling with the mys­teries of modern physics, and exploring new axiomatic assump­tions that might explain them.


Examining the struc­ture of spacetime.

Thad left prison with some­thing more valu­able to him than a safe full of moon rocks – a man­u­script over 700 pages long that lucidly describes how he was led to a new geo­metric axioms for the struc­ture of space­time. The result was quantum space theory (qst), a spe­cific form of super­fluid vacuum theory (SVT), which now stands as a can­di­date for the theory of quantum gravity.


Thad’s book ‘Einstein’s Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions‘ has been acclaimed for how it lucidly explores the mys­teries of modern physics and art­fully chal­lenges tra­di­tional assump­tions about reality to con­struct a new per­spec­tive that brings new light to quantum mechanics and gen­eral relativity.


Thad is now living a life full of love, adven­ture, and friend­ship, and he is still shooting for the stars. He works (as a the­o­ret­ical physi­cist for a pri­vate think tank) to con­tribute to Einstein’s dream of uni­fying the realms of rel­a­tivity and quantum mechanics into one intu­itively acces­sible map of Nature, and he is taking steps to one day fly to space. Thad also works as a public speaker for the APB, where he encour­ages everyone to chase their dreams, to richly expe­ri­ence the world for them­selves, and to sup­port others in their dreams. He believes that a first step in com­mit­ting to your dreams is making a list of things done and things to do. With each other’s sup­port he believes that we can all rebound from our mis­takes and reach for the stars.


Click here for more on Thad’s phi­los­ophy on life, or here for an inter­view with Creativ.

For another take on Thad’s story, watch the inter­view with Ben Mezrich, or morning joe.


To be intro­duced to quantum space theory TEDx-style, watch Thad’s pre­sen­ta­tion at TEDxBoulder 2010.




Thad recently returned from a two year journey. He and Angela departed from Utah and drove their Vanagon through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Then they sailed through the Panama Canal in a 55 foot sloop, to the San Blas Islands, Colombia, the Cayman Islands, around Cuba, right through trop­ical storm Andrea, to Bermuda, and were serendip­i­tously aban­doned on the island of Flores in the Azores (Portugal). From there Thad made his way to the Black Forest (via Paris, Germany and Austria) where he par­tic­i­pated in the Physics and Philosophy of Time Summer School and enjoyed the com­pany of the fathers of modern Bohmian Mechanics. Following this, he attended a Foundations of Physics con­fer­ence in München. After spending time with a dear friend (and quantum physi­cist) in Vienna, Thad went to CERN. Then he flew back to Panama, where he and Angela began the drive back.




Throughout this journey Thad con­tinued to inves­ti­gate the con­se­quences of the assump­tion that the vacuum is a super­fluid. His expo­sure to new ideas, new cul­tures, new places, and the many delightful con­ver­sa­tions he had with other philoso­phers of physics has ampli­fied his enthu­siasm over vacuum super­flu­idity. To read a sample of his recent focus click here.




(More photos can be found in the gal­leries sec­tion.)


Contact us as (EI at EinsteinsIntuition dot com) if you are inter­ested in joining the effort to:

1 – explore the idea that quantum mechanics is emer­gent – that beneath it their lies a deter­min­istic lower-level theory.

2 – rig­or­ously extend a for­mal­iza­tion that is capable of fully cap­turing the assump­tion of vacuum superfluidity.

3 – extend the cur­rent suc­cess of this model (e.g. reducing the con­stants of Nature to the para­me­ters that geo­met­ri­cally frame vacuum quan­ti­za­tion) by inde­pen­dently deriving the value of zhe, and/or for­mal­izing how allowed solu­tions of the wave equa­tion (such as sonons) map to the fun­da­mental par­ti­cles of matter.

4 – test the theory’s predictions.

5 – share this model with the world, by using your cre­ative tal­ents to create ani­ma­tions, videos, graphics, and blogs ded­i­cated to dis­cussing its consequences.