Why Do Archimedes and Eddington Both Get 1079 for the Total Number of Particles in the Universe?

Philosophy 15 (59):269- (1940)

There have been two attempts in the history of human speculation to estimate the number of particles in the universe. The first was that of Archimedes of Syracuse about 216 B. C., and the second that of Sir Arthur Eddington nearly two thousand years later. What is surprising is that they both arrive at the same number. This is the number obtained by multiplying ten by itself seventy-nine times
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