Elon Musk was surprised to find his old notes and homework in Physics kept by his college professor whom he got connected again through another physics professor.
On August 31, Musk shared on Twitter that his physics professor at the University of Pennsylvania still has some of his college homework. “Just learned that my physics prof from Penn is head of Fermilab and still has some of my old homework,” Musk said in a post on Twitter.
It was quite intriguing how the billionaire was doing in the university, so it immediately went viral as soon as Musk shared it. As of this writing, the tweet now has more than 150,000 likes, 5,000 retweets, and over 400 quote retweets. The thread led to a question and answer between the Tesla CEO and his followers.
One Twitter user asked if Musk took astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, which he agreed on by saying: “Wow, I super loved astronomy.” The billionaire added that he took astronomy at Queen’s University in Canada, which is one of his favorite classes, while the quantum mechanics class was the hardest. “Senior year quantum mechanics at Penn was the hardest class I ever took. That stuff will mess with your mind,” Musk said.
When his fans requested him to share pictures of his college homework, Musk begged off at first as it is “embarrassing.” He later agreed to do so, well, after some encouragement.
Tesla Owners Silicon Valley joined the conversation and asked: “Do you even know what he has?” Musk replied “Yeah” then shared some pictures of his old stuff.
“Yeah, he sent it to me through a mutual physics prof friend at Caltech/CERN. Very basic stuff,” Musk said and shared pictures of his homework.
In the first photo, Musk seemed to get a 5 out 5 scores for his Physics calculation while on the second one was a note that says: “Hey, it works!” While it is not clear who wrote the note or what exactly it is for, but fans cannot help but notice his “terrible” handwriting.
Meanwhile, Musk shared another photo of an old yellow paper. While it got 1 out 1 score for both items, the in-between the two calculations is a note: “Sorry sir I think I have momentinertiaphobia.” Again, it is something to ponder on, but not sure what the meaning is.
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Well, it is fun to know some new information about Musk before he became a billionaire and CEO of all his companies. Musk was born in South Africa. He moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University in 1989 at age 17 and avoid mandatory South African military service. Later that year, he obtained his Canadian citizenship.
In 1992, Musk moved to the United States to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania where he got an undergraduate economics degree. He pursued a second bachelor’s degree in physics.
After graduation, Musk went to Stanford University in California to study a Ph.D. in energy physics, but after two days, he dropped out and launched his first company, Zip2 Corporation in 1995. In his late 20s, Musk became a multimillionaire after he sold his start-up company, Zip2, to Compaq Computers for $307 million in cash payment and $34 million in stocks.
Aside from Zip2, he also founded X.com in 1999 (which he later called PayPal and sold to eBay), SolarCity in 2000, and SpaceX in 2002 when he also became a U.S. citizen. In 2003, he started the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors as well as the Boring Company and Neuralink in 2016.
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Written by CJ Robles