Triumph of the Scientific Mind
by Ross C. Hamilton
© Ross C. Hamilton, 2011
Published at Smashwords
“I’m only doing my job,” he groaned.
It was a young copper, bemoaning his lot in life. Apparently the good officer had been on traffic duty at a notorious corner, booking members of a singularly ungrateful public for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
“Everybody argues they came to a complete stop. But if they are still moving even just a little, then I have to book them.”
“Well that’s easy enough to sort out, mate,” I said. “Just ask them what happened to their body when they say they stopped.”
A frown creased his usual expression of superiority.
“Look,” I explained, “while the vehicle is still moving, the driver shares the vehicle’s forward momentum. But when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the driver still has their own residual forward momentum and their body will jerk forward a little and then back again.”