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The standard approach:

1. Write down the equations.

2. Make the measurable predictions implied by the equations. That's the most important part to do if you aspire to be a scientist, rather than just a mathematician.

3. If you can, try to say what does it all tell us about what the world is made of. But if you are not sure, stay silent about it.

The realist approach:

1. Say what is the world made of.

2. Write down the corresponding equations. That's the most important part to do if you aspire to be a scientist, rather than just a philosopher.

3. If you can, try to make the measurable predictions implied by the equations. But if you are not sure, stay silent about it.