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I have read that quantum mechanics says that the amount of possible particle configurations is $10^{10^{122}}$ to be exact in the universe. Do we know this figure to be exactly true to the exact figure? Wouldn't we need to know a true theory of quantum gravity to know the exact answer? Is the amount exactly that figure or just an estimate?

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This is clearly an estimate, not an exact figure. It comes from ideas about quantum gravity (not proven but very strong conjecture) that say that the maximum entropy of a region is

$$ S = \frac{A}{4 \ell_P^2}, $$

where $A$ is the area of a surface bounding the region and $\ell_P \approx 10^{-35}\ \mathrm{m}$ is the Planck length.

Now entropy is a measure of the number of configurations available to a system (units where $k_B=1$):

$$ S = \ln \Omega. $$

Putting this together with the observed size of the universe for $A$ gives roughly the figure you mention.

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