In “The Buddha Imagines The Unimaginable (And Gets It Right!),” a new piece for NPR.org, Robert Krulwich talks to his friend Ezra Block about one of the Buddha’s lesser-known special abilities, which Block learned about by reading The Universal History of Numbers, by Georges Ifrah.
The special ability in question? It turns out, as Block says, that the historical, actual Buddha once calculated the size of an atom. And he, for all intents and purposes, nailed it. You’ll find Krulwich’s piece here.