Scrambled Eggs, Quantum Computers and Black Holes: Part Two

concise and right to the point. I enjoyed reading it.

Elementary Penguins

Check out Part One first, maybe?

If you know what scrambled eggs are, you already have some intuition for what scrambling of information is all about. Preparing scrambled eggs requires you to stir, beat and mix eggs together while heating up the pan. And loosely speaking, this is what happens to any object that falls into a black hole. The object (and with it, the information it contains) is broken into many, many fragments that get scattered all over. 

But this is not exactly what makes black holes special. Any system that is complex enough (and most systems are) scrambles information. It does so by scattering the information over the many subsystems — or parts — that make up the system. Start with the information — or your input, if that’s easier for you to think of — confined to one part of the system. If you give the system…

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