# 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 569-570.

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 higher-level 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*, May-June 2004, pages 276-279.

*--- Mike Breen*