Thad Roberts is a theoretical physicist, a philosopher of physics, the scientific mind behind quantum space theory, and the inspiration behind the New York Times best seller Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History.
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 been dropped down a mine shaft in Peru, discovered a Tyrannosaurid tooth in the Utah deserts, skindived off the shores of Hawaii, mined for rare gem stones, flown zero gravity trajectories in small planes, experienced extreme isolation, and explored the remains of a sunken ship.
When he was 22, Thad was hired on as a co-op at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He started out as an Astrophysicist, moved to Geo-astrophysicst, and then 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.
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.
The opening chapters of Thad’s book ‘Einstein’s Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions’ can be found here: (Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4,). A pdf of the entire pre-print book can be acquired upon request.
Thad is now living a life full of love, adventure, and friendship, and he is still shooting for the stars. He works 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 encourages everyone to chase their dreams, to 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.
To be introduced to quantum space theory TEDx-style, watch Thad’s presentation at TEDxBoulder 2010.
Thad recently returned from a 10 month 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, Columbia, 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 work click here.
(More photos can be found in the galleries section.)
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