On Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:02:39 +0000, Frederick Williams wrote:
> In something like "Church-Turing thesis", what is that "-"? > Specifically, am I right in thinking that in TeX is should be "--" and > not "-"? If Church-Turing was one person with a hyphenated surname, > then it would be"-", right?
A "simple" attributive compound is written with a hyphen; at least one authority considers name pairs, where the paired elements carry equal weight, as in the Taft-Hartley Act to be "simple", while others consider an en dash appropriate in instances such as this to represent the parallel relationship, as in the McCain?Feingold bill or Bose?Einstein statistics. However, truly compound names are written with a hyphen, thus the Lennard-Jones potential is named after one person, while Bose and Einstein are two people.