The Case for Studying Physics in a Charming Animated Video

Xiangjun Shi, otherwise known as Shixie, studied animation at RISD and physics at Brown. Then, she harnessed her training in both disciplines to create an animation explaining the virtue of studying physics. Pretty quickly, it gets to the crux of the matter: Studying physics will change how you see the world and how you understand your place in it, all while letting you wrap your mind around some pretty electrifying concepts. I think I’m sold!

You can find more videos by Shixie here.

H/T to Gareth for sending this video our way….

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  1. Mr_Rogers says . . . | October 29, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    Very nice.nnThat said, and I hate to nitpick, but I feel the need to point out that schizophrenia is NOT the condition of having multiple personalities or “split personalities.” Rather, it is a mental illness associated with auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia and cognitive dysfunction. It is a very debilitating disease, and not a subject for humorous metaphor.

  2. Plantagenet King says . . . | October 30, 2013 / 12:13 am

    Personally, I don’t think that there’s any case for studying physics in a charming animated video; you either do it at university or online. Those are the only two options that I would consider.nI base this on the fact that, if I was in a “Charming animated video”, I probably wouldn’t get to choose which character I was if I didn’t direct it, and that would just add to my learning difficulties. Phyics isn’t that easy a subject you know.

  3. L says . . . | October 30, 2013 / 1:02 am

    the reality of the matter is that unless you make that point through a captivating 3 minute video, no one cares. Everything is a subject for humorous metaphor.

  4. L says . . . | October 30, 2013 / 1:02 am

    the reality of the matter is that unless you make that point through a captivating 3 minute video, no one cares. Everything is a subject for humorous metaphor.

  5. Ronnie Smith says . . . | November 2, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    Sorry to disagree. I think this is highly pretentious. If one wants to be an artist (for example) it is a perfectly valid decision, provided it is a satisfying experience for the concerned individual and brings joy to the art lover. However, this charade of having a deeper understanding of things without any observable evidence/conclusions is dishonest at best. Feynman’s “character of the physical law” clearly illustrates this point.

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