Skateboarder Cleared of Assaulting Homeless Physicist

Fission and quarks figure into quirky case

It's not every day that disputes over particle physics leads to assault charges.

But that's what happened when Jason Everett Keller, 40, joined a conversation about quantum physics in South San Francisco in March.

Keller was accused of attacking Stephan Fava while Fava and his friend were discussing physics in the Bay Area town.

The charges didn't stick, however, as Keller has been acquitted by a San Mateo County jury.

The verdict is still out string theory, however, so there's no indication that physics-related violence will abate any time soon.

Photo by Steve Jurvetson.

Jackson West would love to see the Large Hadron Collider geeks fight the Stanford Linear Accelerator nerds in a bareknuckle brawl.

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