## Tuesday, December 22, 2009

### Revised: Going in Circles – Part III

There is an old saying When the only tool at hand is a hammer, the world appears to be a bunch of nails. Our hammer are the sets {{a,b},{c,d}}, the nails are the points, Axiom 5  and 6 define then how the world appears to us.

Axiom 6 Coherent

Axiom 6 is still quite easy to understand: it claims that the relation Q is connected by q-sets. Whatever it’s cut into two pieces, there will be always 2 q-sets that differ only in 1 element to connect the pieces. This claim generalizes Axiom 4 Ordered as a careful inspection shows: the implications of Axiom 4 establish exactly this type of connection between their left and right sides.

Lemma A.9 shows that any two q-sets can be connected in a finite number of steps.

Lemma A.10 shows how this connectivity extends to Q: any two points are connected through a finite number of q-sets.

Hence our world is, as intended, connected only by hammers and nails. In a later post about Q-Topology we will see the equivalence to path-connected.

Now the  harder Axiom 5, which is intrinsically related to one of the most complicated problems in Algebraic Topology: the problem whether a space has a systematic orientation. In our case there is also a close, independent and direct relation to Group Theory. Both relations will be touched, maybe, in some later posts.

It should be mentioned that there have been related, relevant investigation also in the realm of Petri-Nets, e.g. the Orientation of Concurrency Structures by Olaf Kummer and Mark-Oliver Stehr(1), the Construction of globally Cyclic Orders by Stehr(2) and the proposal of cycloids as basic building blocks by Carl Adam Petri. Again these subjects will be touched, maybe, in a later post.

Axiom 5 Oriented

For our current purpose of motivation only, some picturesque  considerations and some simple supporting lemma hopefully are sufficient.

We know already that the points on any circle may be visited one after one in exactly two fashions or orientations: clockwise or counter-clockwise. And –as the following picture shows once more- interchanging (a,b) to (b,a) in {{a,b},{c,d}} reverses the direction.

Axiom 5.1 constructs a set, a double-cover, that for each {{a,b},{c,d}} contains exactly two sets of sequences to run the circle, either clock- or counter-clockwise. We do not define which is which (same column = same orientation).

The idea of double-covers in Topology is to split the double-cover later into 2 subsets such that each original element has exactly 1 orientation, applying consistency rules to guarantee a orientation defined as uniform for all elements. From our experience with 5 points on one circle, it should be sufficient to have a consistency rule just for 5 points and then extend this rule. Let’s see. Lemma A 2 tells us which are the q-sets for this configuration, which enables us to construct manually the double-cover and the desired single-covers .. to find the desired rule.
Lemma A 11
At this stage we know therefore also that to be consistently clockwise oriented on any circle all quintuples of 5 points on this circle must fit into the above definition and that if the rule expressed as lemma for one circle holds.

Axiom 5.2 converts hence the findings for 5 points into a claim. We claim: there shall exist a split of the double-cover into two single-covers, such that the found rule holds for all quintuples of any circle. We define then that Q allows a consistent orientation.

Due to Axiom 6, there are exactly 2 possible global orientations. Therefore it’s sufficient to define the orientation for any {{a,b}},{{c,d}} to have it defined it for all Q or: there is only one direction of the arrow of time -even though it might be actually cyclic- and its orientation extends from anywhere to everywhere in finitely many steps.

Though somewhat surprising, it’s almost mathematical routine to convert a property found in a specific case into an axiomatic claim: all new model shall have this same property. And it’s relatively risk-less w.r.t.o inconsistencies as the specific case serves as a model in the sense of formal logic consistency.

However and again this is an axiomatic claim, not a fact: the world should be as we think it were, something that can not be proven, only disproven by a found counter-experiment. (Question for the interested reader: why there can’t be a counter-experiment to axiom 5).

With these considerations, we end the presentation of the first 6 Axiom-Sets for Q-Orders.

(1) Olaf Kummer and Mark-Oliver StehrPetri's Axioms of Concurrency - A Selection of Recent Results , Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets, Toulouse, June 23-27, 1997, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1248, © Springer-Verlag , 1997
(2) Mark-Oliver Stehr Cyclic Orders: A Foundation for Concurrent Synchronization Schemes. University Paris 7, Group Preuves, Programmes et Systemes, December 16, 2003. Part I: Thinking in Cycles