Why Do I Study Physics? (2013)

  • A film by Shixie (Xiangjun Shi)
    Graduation Project at Rhode Island School of Design 2013
    A Science Communication Project at Brown University Department of Physics
    NYC ACM SIGGRAPH MetroCAF 2013 Jury Award
    I decided to study Physics in college because, since childhood I have been enchanted by the idea of perfection. However, while seeking a rational world, irrationality shadows every step of my journey. Is this a pursuit destined to end in a dilemma?
    When I left home for college in the US, I was fortunate to be selected for the very first class of a new Dual Degree program, presented by Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. WIthout predecessors, and in trusting embrace of Brown's open curriculum, I was pretty much able to design my own education. While it may be too early to discuss the effect of that autonomy, in the past five years in this program, I have had chance to focus on a consistent pursuit - to bridge the arts and science. I chose to major in Physics at Brown and animation in RISD. With graduation, and the arrival of new responsibilities e.g. having to make a living on my own in the crazy New York City, I have to put a temporary hold to this pursuit. And this animation, a year long afford of making, is an attempt to reflect on this ever-intriguing subject. 
  • Special Thanks
    Steve Subotnick
    Amy Kravitz
    Dennis Hlynsky
    Leon Cooper
    James Valles
    Richard Fishman