This book deals with the philosophy of model use; focuses on the role of models in the natural sciences; and introduces a new paradigm to the social sciences, catastrophe model. It outlines the role of models concerned with conflict problems, particularly problems of military strategy.
1. Models versus paradigms in the natural sciences 2. The constructive role of models 3. Some models from catastrophe theory in the social sciences 4. Life with intelligent machines 5. The political uses of scientific models: the cybernetic model of government in Soviet social science 6. Integrative and disintegrative social structures in decision-making groups 7. Development of models for application to conflict problems 8. The use of models in linguistics 9. The application of a stochastic process model to geographical analysis