Although it is called the “Big Bang theory,” it is not really the theory of a bang at all. It is only the theory of the aftermath of a bang. … It gives not even a clue about what banged, what caused it to bang, or what happened before it banged.
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The classical form of the Big Bang theory requires us to postulate, without explanation, that the primordial fireball filled space from the beginning.
— Alan Guth (1997)
Was Cosmic Inflation the “Bang” of the Big Bang.