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David Goehring: on 9/25/14 at 13:58pm UTC, wrote Wow. How did I miss this before? This is a fantastic video. I loved the...

Michael muteru: on 9/14/14 at 14:02pm UTC, wrote hi xiangjun shi nice video,think its voting ve just earned...

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May 24, 2017

CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Why Do I Study Physics? by Xiangjun Shi [refresh]
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Xiangjun \"Shixie\" Shi wrote on May. 8, 2014 @ 10:41 GMT
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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?

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Shixie (Xiangjun Shi) is an independent motion graphics designer based in New York City. Being an immigrant since a tender age, and having lived in China, UK, Singapore, and now the US, Shixie is determined to break down the communication barriers between people through her works, across cultures or academic fields. Her works has been featured in local and international film festivals. Shixie is versatile with a variety of animation techniques, ranging from classical hand drawn to 3D, and has done work for clients including Google, Daptone Record, Adult Swim, PBS, CNBC, and Sundance.

Claude Coulombe wrote on Aug. 23, 2014 @ 20:44 GMT
It emerges really much poetry from your movie and physics and they made me dream.

Member Marc Séguin wrote on Sep. 4, 2014 @ 19:50 GMT

Congratulations for your AMAZING video! I was already familiar with it, having seen it via Facebook, and I had forwarded it to all my physics-loving friends. You bring a very fresh and original angle on the field of physics, being a double major in motion graphics and physics. I particularly liked the bit where you say that "there is an obsession for simplicity in physics": so true!

Film critic Roger Ebert once said that a great movie is defined by having 3 great scenes, and no bad ones. I would say your short film meets this criterion: there's the quantum wave and parallel universes scene, near the beginning, with all the versions of the girl sitting on different chairs; there's the scene where the cow morphs into a mathematical spiral, with the "gray circle" of physics turning the real world into a wonderland of abstraction, simplicity and understanding; and there's the scene in the donut shop where the two donuts combine to become the symbol for infinity!

Your video is my favorite in this competition, and it looks like it will make it to the final round (only 2 more community ratings needed to reach the 10-community ratings threshold that makes your rating significant enough to be considered). I hope the judges in the final round will fall under its spell, like I did.

I hope you have the occasion to make more videos about the wonderful world of physics. Keep up the good work!


P.S. I don't have your expertise in animation nor your artistic talent and poetic sense, but I have been creating physics videos for the past few years, and having a lot of fun! If you have a chance to view, comment and vote (using your author code) on my trilogy of videos entitled "This Is Physics" --- where I try to convey the "fun of physics" by focusing on some of the greatest moments of its history --- it would be quite appreciated!

James Lyons Walsh wrote on Sep. 6, 2014 @ 18:09 GMT

I enjoyed your video a great deal. The animation was beautiful in a very engaging way.

I'd be grateful if you'd take a look at our video and give it a rating as a creator. I suspect that a rules change may happen, but ours is one of the majority not close to the 10 ratings needed to be considered for the finals. It's at the middle of the second row from the bottom if you sort alphabetically. Thanks if you get the chance.


Michael muteru wrote on Sep. 14, 2014 @ 14:02 GMT
hi xiangjun shi

nice video,think its voting ve just earned my vote.kindly take your time to view and vote my simple video here-


David Goehring wrote on Sep. 25, 2014 @ 13:58 GMT
Wow. How did I miss this before? This is a fantastic video. I loved the animation a lot.

Well done. Just rated you 5 stars.

If you'd like, please check out my video Tons of Fun (physics rap) and vote for it. We just need 2 more votes! Thank you.

David G

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