We formulate two remarkably elementary variants of theorems of the Alexandrov-Zeeman type, stated as definability statements, in minimalist axiomatic settings. The first is obtained by providing positive definitions for the notions of collinearity and segment congruence in terms of the notion of connectedness by a light ray, and is the logical counterpart of results stated in terms of mappings in  and . The second is obtained by noticing that, in essence, results stating that mappings which preserve time-like lines preserve all lines, are the model-theoretic counterparts of definability results regarding the partial affine spaces introduced in .
- Alexandrov-Zeeman theorem
- Minkowski space
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Applied Mathematics