Xiangjun Shi recently graduated from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design in physics and animation. In Why Do I Study Physics? she uses one of her passions to explain the other, in a short animation that starts out simple but eventually pokes at some of the great mysteries of the universe.

Why Do I Study Physics? was Shi's RISD graduation project, and took home the jury award at MetroCAF 2013, NYC ACM SIGGRAPH's college computer animation festival.

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