A Study in Heuristic
Einstein's Revolution is a textbook on relativity written
from a historical-methodological point of view. It can be used
as an account of Einstein's physical theory even if the reader
has no sympathy with the author's philosophical standpoint, or
it can be read for the author's philosophical argument, without
the reader having to follow all the details of the physics.
challenges a distinction made by the Vienna Circle an still
influential today: the distinction between "the context of
discovery" and "the context of justification." According to the
traditional view, the context of discovery calls for no rational
reconstruction and belongs, in effect, to psychology, while only
latter is subject to a proper logic of appraisal.
these theses, Zahar shows that there is a logic of
discovery and that it plays an important role in the appraisal