posted on Oct, 1 2012 @ 05:59 PM
Black hole thermodynamics is what brought our attention to information content. Most physicsts use the term "bits" that are planck length^2. its
actually a super interesting topic. Theres a book out called "the black hole war, making the world safe for quantum mechanics"
It details the quest to explain what happens to information as it falls into a black hole. the second law of theromdynamics is entropy of a closed
system always increases. So if "bits" fall into a black hole, were does the inforamtion go? The entropy of the universe would be decreasing since
entropy fell into a black hole. So there was a big fight cause if black holes radiate, they will eventually get smaller and smaller, hotter and
hotter, till they go poof and gone. So if this were to happen, what happens to the info that was inside. this violates 2nd law. So there was all kind
of work done with holographic principle, and alot of work by susskind and guys like T'hooft and the infamous hawking has brought us to were we are
To get a good idea on how information pertains to the very front lines of fundamental physics, check out the holographic principle.
Great lecture from one of the experts.
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