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In her short animated documentary Why Do I Study Physics?, Xiangjun Shi finds beauty in both the orderly world of physics and the chaos of real life. Touching on concepts as diverse as gravity, time and parallel universes, she offers a personal response to the fundamental questions that physicists are trying to answer.
Director: Xiangjun Shi
Philosophy of mind
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Film and visual culture
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Meaning and the good life
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