Mathematical Digest Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics in the Popular Press "Physics Forged in the Tripos": Review of Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics, by Andrew Warwick. Reviewed by Theodore M. Porter. Science, 24 October 2003, pages 569570. A Tripos is a written examination to determine honors in a field. This book describes mathematical education at Cambridge, including the Tripos, along with the physics studied at the University. Porter writes that the book "conveys a great deal about theoretical physics from Maxwell to Einstein, but its real point is to show we can understand a style of physics in relation to systems of training." He concludes the review by noting that many complex skills needed for higherlevel thinking "are conveyed above all by teachers, ... and depend on a very personal level of interaction. Let our contemporary skinflint utopians who think the Internet can form the heart of a modern education note this well." See also: "Training for the Tripos: Review of Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics by Andrew Warwick. Reviewed by Kathryn M. Olesko. American Scientist, MayJune 2004, pages 276279.  Mike Breen
