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If energy can't be created, where did it come from in the first place? © Getty Images

If energy can't be created, where did it come from in the first place?

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The energy needed for the Big Bang had to come from somewhere.

Asked by: Elliott Farquhar, via email

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We’re taught at school that energy can’t be created, merely converted from one form to another. But at the birth of the Universe – that is, everything – the energy needed for the Big Bang must have come from somewhere. Many cosmologists think its origin lies in so-called quantum uncertainty, which is known to allow energy to emerge literally from nowhere. What isn’t clear, however, is why this cosmic energy persisted long enough to drive the Big Bang.

Did the Big Bang go bang? © Getty Images

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Authors

Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.

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