Hawking, Preskill, and information loss

Stephen Hawking’s disavowal of his belief that black holes destroy information has received a lot of coverage, both in the press and the blogosphere.

I don’t have a lot to add over what has been said elsewhere, especially Sean Caroll’s recent series of posts (including a transcript of Hawking’s talk) on his blog. But I will point to John Preskill’s nice discussion of what was at stake.