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Jeff Bezos still remembers the lesson his Sri Lankan college friend taught him 34 years ago

Jeff Bezos still remembers the lesson his Sri Lankan college friend taught him 34 years ago
Did you know Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, was once pursuing a career in  theoretical physics? But how did he end up becoming an ecommerce entrepreneur? Bezos himself revealed an incident that made him reconsider his career choice, at a recent event.
During an interaction at The Economic Club of Washington, he recalled a 34 year-old incident in which his Sri Lankan friend and batchmate Yasantha R helped him solve the 'toughest' math problem.
Bezos, who was an aspiring theoretical physicist at Princeton, claimed that Yasantha was the smartest guy in college who helped him and his roommate Joe solve a partial differential equation which they could not crack for three hours.
When Yasantha looked at the problem, Bezos said he stared at it for a while and answered 'cosine'(a trigonometric function). Yasantha then showed Bezos and his roommate how to solve the problem. When asked if Yasantha had mentally solved the problem, he replied that he had solved a similar problem earlier and it was easy to map it down, which is why he knew the answer was cosine.
It was at that moment that Bezos realised that he was 'never going to be a great theoretical physicist'.
"Wow! Jeff is talking about me. Amazingly he remembers interacting with me 34 years ago. What a memory! Also, no Amazon if it weren’t for this, since he decided not to pursue physics!" Yasantha R said in a tweet, reacting to Bezos' comments.
Yasantha said he and Bezos were just fellow students and no one could have predicted what the future would hold for them.
"Jeff remembers me as smart, humble and speaks fondly simply because I helped him with his homework," Yasantha appreciated Bezos gesture in a tweet.
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