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- Stephen Szanto, retired consultant physician
Secker and Warburg, £16.99, pp 342
ISBN 0436 20997 7
What is consciousness? Ask an emergency room specialist and he or she will refer to the Glasgow coma scale for its assessment. But then ask a cognitive scientist like Professor Ralph Messenger, the fictitious artificial intelligence researcher in this remarkable novel, and we are up for an answer of a quite different nature. In trying to visualise him, I could do no better than think of Francis Crick of DNA fame.
The other main character of the novel is …