Spoilers for The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. I'm reading the hardcover version.

D.O.D.O. has an advisor, Dr. Constantine Rudge. His first name is mentioned on page 148. However, by page 483, a Dr. Cornelius Rudge is mentioned - and specifically said to have "been on the project since the beginning." This seems to imply this is the same character. However, by page 527, it's back to "Constantine." I believe it remains "Constantine" until page 704, when he's referred to again as "Cornelius."

Given the other events of the book, like,

The Pentagon having been originally named the "Trapezoid", subsequently changing to "the Pentagon" through other changes in history

Is this some clue to the plot of the book? Or just a mistake?

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    The change also occurs in the ebook version.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 7:25

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My reading of the novel is that the change is intentional and kept slight so as to fit in with the conceit of time travel resulting in such small changes.

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