Lower case names?
Mathprof suggested some time ago that I exchange "hermitian" with "Hermitian" in one of my entries. I was told by an emeritus professor once that only Abel received the distinguished honor of "abelian" instead of "Abelian."
Today at a seminar at my university a professor from Norway gave a talk about Abel's life and work. At the end I asked him if this convention would be viewed as an honor or an insult to a Norwegian mathematician. He emphatically decreed that a lower case name was the highest possible honor and supported it used with other, such as artinian, noetherian, hermitian, etc.
What I would like to know is whether other mathemeticians, especially those with no USA training or backgrounds, find this convention honorable or disgraceful, and whether or not it has some equivalent in translations?
[The rest of you "yanks" can also express your opinion but as I mentioned to Mathprof, both conventions (lower/upper case) are clearly now supported by prestigeous publications and authors (backed by examples form many books on math of classical and modern origins.) So perhaps we can avoid little arguments about the validity of one or the other. I just want to understand what criterion should be met to transfor from Upper to lower and whether there is international sentiments.]
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