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I'd really like to safely write stuff like Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Theory of Evolution without capitals; but I don't want to regret it, whence my question.

Should the name of scientific theories be written with capitals?

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What do you find in English writing that you admire? Why not do the same? –  GEdgar Nov 19 '12 at 22:00
    
I just would like to have a criterion. Why doesn't one write Homology Theory with capitals? They're proper nouns as well. –  c.p. Nov 19 '12 at 22:15
    
Well, I dare say that some authors might. Where you draw the line between an "ordinary" noun phrase and something that merits capitals is essentially a matter of personal/editorial judgement. –  Neil Coffey Nov 19 '12 at 22:22
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Ogden's Basic English is not identical to Ogden's basic English. –  user31123 Nov 19 '12 at 23:15
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I agree with Neil Coffey, there is no definitive answer, it's just personal preference. –  Matt Эллен Nov 20 '12 at 10:44

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There are many theories of evolution; but one is so well known that the Theory of Evolution will be assumed to refer to Darwin's. Quantum mechanics, on the other hand, is a field of study, and doesn't need capitalization any more than physics does.

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Although... one might actually in some cases capitalise "Physics". –  Neil Coffey Nov 19 '12 at 22:27

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