Domain Theory and the Causal Structure of Space-Time

  • Keye Martin
  • Prakash Panangaden
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69407-6_46

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5028)
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Martin K., Panangaden P. (2008) Domain Theory and the Causal Structure of Space-Time. In: Beckmann A., Dimitracopoulos C., Löwe B. (eds) Logic and Theory of Algorithms. CiE 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5028. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


We prove that a globally hyperbolic spacetime with its causality relation is a bicontinuous poset whose interval topology is the manifold topology. From this one can show that from only a countable dense set of events and the causality relation, it is possible to reconstruct a globally hyperbolic spacetime in a purely order theoretic manner. The ultimate reason for this is that globally hyperbolic spacetimes belong to a category that is equivalent to a special category of domains called interval domains. We obtain a mathematical setting in which one can study causality independently of geometry and differentiable structure, and which also suggests that spacetime emerges from something discrete.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keye Martin
    • 1
  • Prakash Panangaden
    • 2
  1. 1.Naval Research LaboratoryCenter for High Assurance Computer SystemsWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Computer ScienceMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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