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Color charge in the sense of "being blue, red, green" is not a quantum mechanical observable because the $\mathrm{SU}(3)$ gauge transformations mix the colors. This means it is meaningless to say "We have a blue particle", because we can perform a gauge transformation and then we "have a red particle". Since physical descriptions related by gauge ...


I hear that analogy too. Spin 0: any rotation left the "object" invariant, like a circle who rotates. Spin 1/2: half rotation to het the initial state of the object, and here we are: any figure of the playing card "has spin 1/2". Spin 1: any non figure card, like who knows, the ace of clubs. One integer rotation to get is as it was initially. Spin 2: no ...

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