Linearity of Space-Time Transformations¶Without the One-to-One, Line-onto-Line, or Constancy-of-Speed-of-Light Assumptions
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Using a version of the fundamental theorem of geometry without the 1-to-1 assumption, recently obtained by the authors, the following is proved: Let n≥ 2 and T be a mapping ofℝ n onto itself which maps every timelike lineℓ into an arbitrary line so that the image of every future ray ofℓcontains at least two distinct points or the same holds for every past ray ofℓ. Then T is affine.
A version of the Pappus theorem under minimal assumptions is also given, which is then used as a tool in this paper.
Related results have been obtained by Borchers and Hegerfeldt.
KeywordsRelated Result Distinct Point Fundamental Theorem Minimal Assumption Arbitrary Line
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