“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” -Douglas Adams
So, you think you know about the beginning. About where everything came from, about how our Universe got its start. As my very blog is titled, it “Starts With A Bang,” right?
Except that’s not truly the beginning of everything. The Big Bang was preceded by an epoch of cosmic inflation, and started off with space, time, and (to the best of our knowledge) the laws of physics already firmly in place. So if we really wanted to answer the question of where everything came from, we may want to consider an even more fundamental question about the beginning: where did time come from? Or, perhaps more fundamentally, was there a beginning to time at all?