This paper will apply post-structural semiotic theories to study the texts of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem. I will study the texts' own articulations of concepts of ‘meaning’, analyze the mechanisms they use to sustain their senses of validity, and point out how the texts depend (without losing their mathematical rigor) on sustaining some shifts of meaning. I will demonstrate that the texts manifest semiotic effects, which we usually associate with poetry and everyday speech. I will conclude with an analysis of how the picture I paint relates to an ethics of mathematical production.

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