I agree that the amount of math required for a typical North American physics degree is about right. While the amount of required math is about right, I think it would be sad if no physics students took pure math courses like point-set topology or abstract algebra, just as it would be be sad if no physics students took non-required biology courses or non-required chemistry courses. Science, including pure mathematics and non-applied fundamental physics is part of who we are as a species. Fundamental science is as much part of our culture as musics, art, and literature. If we lose the desire and ability to ask fundamental "Why?" questions in science, we have failed as humans.