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A Young Woman Falls In Love With Everything

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 07:00 AM

You start with difference, with mystery. Some things spiral, some become spheres, some branch, some don't. We know that inert atoms quicken, become bees, goats, clouds, then dissolve back into randomness. We look at these things, all these very, very different things, and we wonder, are they really different, or is every thing we see one thing, expressed differently? Does the universe have rules? How many? Could there be a single generating principle, a oneness?

Xiangjun Shi/Vimeo

Xiangjun Shi is a freelance animator, a filmmaker in New York. She likes to draw. And, as she says here, she likes physics. Why does she like physics? Because what physics teaches her about the world literally knocks her off her cartoon chair and sends her sprawling. She is a young woman enchanted, delighted, haunted — by a logic she can barely glimpse, but that she suspects is very beautiful:



Why Do I Study Physics? (2013) from Xiangjun Shi on Vimeo.


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Luke Novak

Hello Radio lab,

I am writing this comment from my phone so I will keep it short. Please call me at 727-657-0539 if you would like to discuss further.

My comment is specifically for Robert krulwich, in regards to the most recent episode about things and their relationship to the people who charish them. I truly enjoyed the anictodtal story of Robert and his wife. I have a couple ideas how to explain what you were trying to show her. I feel that often times I am like your wife, in perspective, but on this issue I am in line with Robert, very much so. But when I explain the position I frame It slightly differently and potentially your wife may better understand/relate. The way Robert explained it was also beautiful. Sometimes my favorite parts of your show are the small subtleties of your guys explanations. I didn't want this to be long so I'm ending it now, call me if you are intrigued, radio lab is amazing. Love you both.

Jun. 02 2014 11:31 AM

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