Pages from W. W. Rouse Ball Cambridge Notes 1921 Chapter XXI 'History of the Mathematical Tripos'
This work was first published in 1918 as Cambridge Papers by W.Heffer and Sons, the famous Cambridge booksellers (and at that time publishers), with a 2nd Edition in 1921
renamed Cambridge Notes, chiefly concerning Trinity College and the University. It contains the questions set in two Problem Papers from the Triposes of 1785 and 1786.
Pages from W. W. Rouse Ball A History of Mathematics at Cambridge 1889 Chapter X 'The Mathematical Tripos'
This work was first published in 1889 by Cambridge University Press. It contains an earlier version of Rouse Ball's essay on the history of the Mathematical Tripos and differs in
many points of detail from the later version in Cambridge Notes. In particular, at pp.200- 209 it reproduces papers set in the Tripos of 1802.
Pages from G. H. Hardy Pure Mathematics 1908 Preface
This preface was greatly abbreviated in later editions from 1914 on, in deference to J.E.Littlewood's criticism that by then the reforms to the Tripos after 1909 made Hardy sound like a
'missionary talking to cannibals'.
Pages from H. Gunning Reminiscences of Cambridge 1854 Volume1 Chapter 3
This is one of the earliest autobiographical accounts of the achievement of a high Wranglership (Gunning was bracketed Second Wrangler in 1787. The Wikipedia Article says 6th
after the bracket was resolved but this does not correspond with Gunning's own account given here, which apparently has him 5th).
Pages from N.M.Ferrers and J.Stuart Jackson Solutions of the Cambridge Senate House Problems 1848-51 Macmillan & Co. 1851
This collection of selected Tripos problems from the years 1848-51 is unusual in that it consists mainly of solutions to the problems rather than just a compendium of past papers.
Ferrers was a typical mid-Victorian Senior Wrangler from Gonville and Caius college. His later contributions to mathematics were slight. The Rev. Stuart Jackson, also scholar of Caius,
has left even fewer traces. He became a missionary in Africa.
Pages from J. J. Thomson Recollections and reflections Chapter II 'Undergraduate days: Cambridge then and now' 1935 G.Bell & Sons
J. J. Thomson, the later Nobel Laureate for Physics, Cavendish Professor and discoverer of the electron, was undergraduate at Trinity College from 1876. He was a pupil of Edward John
Routh, arguably the greatest of the Victorian Tripos Coaches.
Pages from J. J. Thomson Recollections and reflections Chapter II : Section 'The Mathematical Tripos'
J. J. Thomson was Second Wrangler in 1880, at a time when the Tripos was held in January and consisted of a 'First Four Days' followed by a 'Second FIVE Days' . This was the high
water mark of the Old Tripos in terms of sheer duration.