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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
Ogden's Basic English is not identical to Ogden's basic English. – user31123 Nov 19 '12 at 23:15
I agree with Neil Coffey, there is no definitive answer, it's just personal preference. – Matt E. Эллен Nov 20 '12 at 10:44
up vote 5 down vote accepted

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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