Bunge (U. of Montreal, Canada) describes each facet of the scientific method and demonstrates the continued relevance of this approach for advancing human knowledge. The first volume outlines the scientific approach, then details the first steps of the process<-->from recognition of a problem to its evolution into theory. Topics in volume two include: the application of theories to explanation, prediction, and action; measurement and experiment; the risks in jumping to conclusions from data to hypotheses (as well as the reverse procedure); and the philosophy of technology. The wide range of problems included make this an ideal text for undergraduate students in the natural and cultural sciences, and in philosophy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Mario Bunge is professor in the philosophy department at McGill University in Montreal and holds sixteen honorary doctorates and four honorary professorships. His works include Treatise on Basic Philosophy in eight volumes, Philosophy of Psychology, Scientific Materialism, Social Science under Debate, and Philosophy of Science (revised edition, Transaction).