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A Mirror Copied - 2015/08/16
Let me explain.
Consider two physical instances of a brochure. They are identical, except that one is printed on matt paper, the other on glossy. We would want a photocopier to produce the same result in each case. We would not want the glossy version to have extra, spurious ghost images of any kind.
So that means that the glossy surface must not send any extra light back into the receiver. The only light bounced back into the receiver must be from the brochure itself, and not from the surface. So we can consider two collections of photons: those that bounce off the brochure content, and those that bounce off the glossy surface.
But a mirror is the ultimate glossy surface. That means that when we photocopy a mirror there must be no photons received by the copier.
So we deduce that a mirror must look to the photocopier the same as a totally black object. Thus photocopying a mirror must result in a completely black image.
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