What is energy?
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"Energetic" redirects here. For other uses, see Energetic (disambiguation).
This article is about the scalar physical quantity. For an overview of and
topical guide to energy, see Outline of energy. For other uses, see Energy
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Energy transformation; In a typical lightning strike, 500 megajoules of
electric potential energy is converted into an equivalent amount of light
energy, sound energy and thermal energy.
In physics, *energy* is an indirectly observed quantity which comes in many
forms, such as kinetic energy, potential energy, radiant energy, and many
others; which are listed in this summary article. This is a major topic in
science and technology and this article gives an overview of its major
aspects, and provides links to the many specific articles about energy in
its different forms and contexts.
The question "what is energy?" is difficult to answer in a simple,
intuitive way, although energy /can/ be rigorously defined in theoretical
physics.^[/citation needed/] In the words of Richard Feynman, /"It is
important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge what
energy is. We do not have a picture that energy comes in little blobs of a
However, it is clear that energy is always an indispensable prerequisite
for performing mechanical work, and the concept has great importance in
natural science. The natural
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