Physicist Traffic Ticket
Physicist Traffic Ticket, Are you a physicist? No? Then you probably can’t fight a traffic ticket with physics. But Dmirti Krioukov, a physicist at the University of California, San Diego successfully managed to accomplish this task.
Krioukov was busted for failing to completely stop at a stop sign — what we here in California know as the original California roll. Instead of paying up, he got busy. He wrote a 4-page paper explaining that what the officer thought he saw wasn’t what he saw at all. According to the laws of physics, that is.
Confused? This is how Dmirti Krioukov explained it to NBC San Diego:
“Therefore my argument in the court went as follows: that what he saw would be easily confused by the angle of speed of this hypothetical object that failed to stop at the stop sign. And therefore, what he saw did not properly reflect reality, which was completely different.”
Wired has a better, more comprehensible explanation for the curious amongst you. (Reuters)