Physics likes the number 3

Physics likes the number 3

It seems that Physics likes the number 3 at all levels, from macroscopic down to the quantum level. Consider this..

1. There are 3 macroscopic spacial dimensions.
But you can think of this as 3 families each containing 2 members..

Up/Down
Left/Right
Backward/Forwards

2. Quarks consist of 3 families each containing 2 members..

Up/Down
Charm/Strange
Top/Bottom

3. Quarks are bound together to form composite particles (such as protons) by an incredibly strong force known as the color force. Gluons are the particles that mediate this force. For this model to work quarks must have a color charge - and it comes in 3 families each containing 2 members..

Red/Anti-Red
Green/Anti-Green
Blue/Anti-Blue

4. Leptons consist of 3 families each containing 2 members..

Electron/Electron Neutrino
Muon/Muon Neutrino
Tau/Tau Neutrino

I guess nature loves 3. But why?

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