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* FunWithAcronyms: The chapter "Contracrostipunctus", which contains an acrostic which itself contains an acrostic.

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The chapter "Contracrostipunctus", which contains an acrostic which itself contains an acrostic.



* GeniusBonus: Despite the cross-references referred to on this page, there are numerous others which are harder to spot; in fact, [[http://www.faqs.org/faqs/books/hofstadter-GEB-FAQ/ there are pages about the numerous]] [[http://www.nada.kth.se/~kai/lectures/geb.html references in each chapter]].

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* NewhartPhonecall: the "Sonata for An Unaccompanied Achilles".


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* TranslationCorrection: When Hofstadter heard that there was a real Bach goblet, he edited the French version of GEB to make the depiction of the book's goblet the same as the real one.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_incompleteness_theorems Gödel's incompleteness theorem]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_incompleteness_theorems org/wiki/Gödel%27s_incompleteness_theorems Gödel's incompleteness theorem]]

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* HarassingPhoneCall: Achilles begins the dialogue "Air on G's String" by telling the Tortoise about an obscene phone call he received in which the caller merely shouted twice before hanging up, "Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" When the Tortoise teaches him about quines, he realizes that the caller was stating a logical paradox.

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* LogicBombLogicBomb: The book shows how Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem does this to mathematics.


* MusicalThemeNaming: Every dialogue is named after a piece by JohannSebastianBach, or a pun on one.

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* MusicalThemeNaming: Every dialogue is named after a piece by JohannSebastianBach, Music/JohannSebastianBach, or a pun on one.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldbach%27s_conjecture Goldbach's conjecture]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantor%27s_diagonal_argument Cantor's diagonal method]]


* PunnyName: The coppers Silva and Gould.

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* PunnyName: The coppers Silva and Gould.Gould, as well as the ant collective Aunt Hillary.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno%27s_paradoxes Zeno's paradoxes]]


-->''Achilles'': Say, don't you play the guitar?\\
''Tortoise'': Fiddle. It makes a big difference, you know.\\
''Achilles'': Oh, well, it's all the same to me.
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-->''Achilles'': -->'''Achilles''': Say, don't you play the guitar?\\
''Tortoise'': '''Tortoise''': Fiddle. It makes a big difference, you know.\\
''Achilles'': '''Achilles''': Oh, well, it's all the same to me.
* SchrodingersButterflySchrodingersButterfly: The book uses several of these, nesting several layers of drama. In the dialogue "Little Harmonic Labyrinth," Achilles and the Tortoise are on an airship and start reading a book about themselves. The bad news is that the story doesn't "pop back" all the way to the last level, and the initial story is still left hanging. The good news is that the Tortoise and Achilles can move up to a previous level using popcorn.


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* SickEpisode: "Sonata for Unaccompanied Achilles," a dialogue for one in which Achilles is telephoned by the Tortoise, who is apparently suffering from a headache. (The readers only get Achilles' side of the conversation.)


''Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid'' by Douglas Hofstadter is an intricate and complex study of Strange Loops, MetaConcepts in general and their connection to self-awareness and intelligence. Each chapter is separated from the next by a short fictional piece in the style of Creator/LewisCarroll, which exemplifies the theme of the following chapter.

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''Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid'' by Douglas Hofstadter is an intricate and complex study of Strange Loops, MetaConcepts in general and their connection to self-awareness and intelligence. Each chapter is separated from the next by a short fictional piece in the style of Creator/LewisCarroll, which exemplifies the theme of the following chapter.
chapter. The drawings of Creator/MCEscher and the Surrealist paintings of Creator/ReneMagritte are used as illustrations.

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