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Dear Mr. L--------,

There is little left to add to all the previous authoritative responses. I agree that any involvement in ZPE research requires a deep and serious study of various fields in order to move your approach into fundamental physics territory. If that remains your interest, your curriculum must include standard classes in condensed matter, QED, mathematical methods, etc coupled to a strong experimental foundation. Such skills could be acquired by obtaining a PhD from a school involved in quantum measurement, gravitational wave detection, etc. If you just go the web sites of leading physics journals and search for related terms (zero point energy, zero point field ... ) you will have a place to start. The recommendation is to understand classical and quantum fields before one tries to harness them. A publication record in this area will also strengthen your credentials in your search for post-doctoral positions or laboratory jobs and give you experience in the search for funding (both governmental and private) and the connection between business and science.

My best wishes on your pursuits.

Best Regards,

Dr Fabrizio Pinto

De: Paul Werbos
Enviada: ‎terça-feira‎, ‎9‎ de ‎dezembro‎ de ‎2014 ‎13‎:‎55
Para: Carlos Henriques, Thomas Valone
Cc: Werbos, Paul


Thank you for the email, and for the information on the new work in Portugal.

I am embarrassed to say I did not realize before that the assumed ZPE is only 10**117J/m**3, but as you say, that is large enough.

The empirical results are also interesting.

As you hint, it is a fundamental question in thermodynamics whether there would be any way to extract such energy if it exists. Specific concrete proposals which “have to work” but violate the normal understanding of what is allowed by thermodynamics would normally be rejected by NSF review panels.

However, I cannot speak for NSF any more. I am scheduled to retire February 15, and am no longer involved in the panel review process.

There has been great progress on the theoretical level, this year, in my view — exposing how little we really know, and how important new experiments will be to casting off the many illusions which some theoreticians have built like castles in the air. I am often reminded how Einstein’s favorite book (according to one biographer) was Emmanuel Kant’s “The Critique of Pure Reason.”

But for the next two months, I will mainly be tying up loose ends here. More can be discussed later.

Best of luck,


P.S. Of course, the NSF email will not work any more, and I am not sure how many emails sent to me at NSF I will be able to refer back to.

This reply refers to Dr. Paul LaViolette's unique and valuable text, Antigravity Propulsion, available on

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