In response to Edward Bromhead: Firsts ain’t wot they used t’be – in our dumbed down universities, Noix wrote:
This has been going on for years. As a retired teacher of Physics, I can say that the syllabus and the text book has shrunk, the level of maths required now would hardly challenge a grade C GCSE, and the syllabus contains less quantum mechanics than it did in the late sixties when I passed the A level. Students at my university were able to do calculus, both integration and differentiation and could use complex numbers. Moments of inertia was taught at A level and many other things as well which have become the job of universities. Recently I saw an article claiming that Cambridge University had more Nobel Prize winners than France. Before we get carried away by that you should know that in the sixties Trinity College in Cambridge had one less than France.