‘Why Do I Study Physics?’: An Animated Short About Learning to Appreciate the Incongruities of the Universe

“Why Do I Study Physics?” is an animated short by Xiangjun Shi that captures the intense fascination with the mysteries of the universe that comes with a love for physics. As a dual degree student majoring in animation and physics at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Shi combined her two passions into one for two assignments: her graduation project at RISD and a science communication project at Brown’s physics department. The illustrated film depicts a girl whose mind never stops pondering the incongruities of nature and the mathematical imperfections she’s somehow learned to live with in spite of how badly she wants to make perfect sense of the world.

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