February 11, 2011 by staff
Voynich Ma**scriptz, The Voynich ma**script is a ma**script appears to have been written in the early 15th century and includes about 240 pages of vellum, [note 1] with most of the illustrations. The author, script and language are unknown: for these reasons, it has been described as “the most mysterious ma**script in the world.”
Generally presumed to be a sort of cipher text, the Voynich ma**script has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including U.S. and British cryptographers both WWI and WWII. Yet he has defied all attempts at deciphering, to become a famous historical cryptology cause. The mystery that surrounds it has excited the popular imagination, making the ma**script of an object both theories and fantasy novels: many possible perpetrators have been suggested to her.
In 2009, the University of Arizona researchers have made C14 on vellum ma**script, which they claim (with 95% confidence) was made between 1404 and 1438. In addition, the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago found that a lot of ink was added shortly after, confirming that the ma**script is indeed a genuine medieval document.
The book is named after the Polish-Lithuanian-American book dealer Wilfrid Voynich M., who was acquired in 1912. Currently, the Voynich ma**script is held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Ma**scripts, Yale University, and is officially referred to as “Beinecke MS 408″. The first facsimile edition was published in 2005.
The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the ma**script is that it was intended to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics of modern medicine or early medieval. However, the curious details of illustrations have fueled many theories about the origins of the book, the contents of his text, and why it was intended.
The first section of the book is almost certainly herbal, but attempts to identify the plants, either with actual specimens or with stylized drawings of contemporary medicinal plants, have largely failed. Only two plants (including wild pansy and maidenhair) can be identified with certainty. These images herbal pharmacological skits that match appear to be copies of these clean, except that the missing parts were filled with improbable-looking details. In fact, most of the drawings of plants in the herbal section seem to be a composite: the roots of a species were fixed on the leaves of another, with the flowers of others.
Part of the mystery behind a “foreign” book that nobody can read has finally been solved.
Found in a box of books outside of Rome by a dealer in old books, the Voynich ma**script is one of the great mysteries of literature. The book is written in parchment aging exotic characters, letters like Latin, unlike other things used in any known language, and arranged in what appears to be words and phrases – unless they look like not something written or read by humans.
And for decades, the ma**script has mystified scientists.
“Is there a code, a figure of some kind?” Hodgins asked Greg, a physicist at the University of Arizona. “People make a statisticalanlysis using letter and word usage -. The tools that were used to crack the code, but they still have not figured it out,” said Hodgins.
The Da Vinci Code was a fiction. The Voynich ma**script is real – and its code remains one of the greatest mysteries of history. But at least Hodgins has solved some of the mystery behind the book: it is age.
[via wikipedia and various online sources]
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