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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Voynich manuscript

A couple of crypto-freak friends of mine got into a heated argument about the Voynich manuscript. I kept my mouth shut and just watched in morbid fascination.
For a moment there, it got ugly.
I thought they were going to whip out their notebooks and see who had the longer calculus equation.

The Voynich Manuscript is one of the big mysteries in the world of cryptology. Most experts agree that it was written in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, or maybe the thriteenth, in a code that has remained unbroken to this day.
Most of those same experts say it's germanic in origin, with a few loud ones certain that it is Italian; and the handwriting guys all say that it was written by two different people.

A medieval boob blogger.

It does provide some interesting text...

A guy named Gabriel Landini worked at deciphering the text. He produced a modern Roman alphabet transcription.
This is a nice representative sample. Go ahead, give it a shot.
If you can decipher the Voynich, you've made your codebreaker reputation forever.

sair.y.chear.cthaiin.cphar.cfhaiin - ydaraishy

Some links here:
The actual manuscript is stored at the Bienecke Library at Yale, start browsing through the images of all the pages and you'll be hooked for life.

I've also found a link to a chemical analysis of the ink and vellum of the manuscript.

Here's one of the best crypto-freak blogs out there.


Anonymous said...

Yeah,that's a middle ages issue of Play##y magazine,I just read them for the articles.Who knew Hef was that old?

Old NFO said...

LOL, THAT is a rat hole I don't want to go down... I 'know' some folks that play with Voynich in their spare time...

Nick Pelling said...

"one of the best crypto-freak blogs"? Why, I oughta... ;-)

Coffeypot said...

I'm gonna laugh my ass off when it is finally deciphered and you find out it is an owners manual on the upkeep, care and breeding of a new camel. The nude women are there as demonstration models.

MSgt B said...

Bill - Good Hef joke! I'm going to use that one.

Old NFO - I can't even find the road to begin with.

Nick - Dood! You're, like, a celebrity. What are you doing hanging around my blog? Wait'll I tell my friends...

Coffey - Yeah, but, think about it. If your new camel came with a book full of nude pictures, would you buy one?

Larry said...

I only read it for the articles...

MSgt B said...


Nick Pelling said...

Hey, but you were hanging around my blog first. I guess.

And anyway, this isn't the real me, it's only a 'virtual Nick' I send around the web to troll clicks to my site. Or something.

Grzegorz Ostrowski said...

My suggestion to decode the Voynich Manuscript is in the fact that each of its individual pages encodes some other information . Encryption is not just a written form . There's a whole spectrum of gnosis , which, because of the limited capabilities (eg letter runicze - oldest inscriptions are from the second and third century AD, before the Egyptian hieratic writing , etc.) were also encoded in a different form - for example, by means of signs and symbols : see semiotics - from the Greek : " semasticos " - significant , " semasia " - meaning "," semeion " - a sign of " sema " - a sign , the image signal . And in such a manner is encoded Voynich manuscript - it is not my task , classic cipher written , only symbolic rebus - ideogram . Below to better illustrate the time- historical continuum in brief , a summary of the earlier descriptions of each manuscript illustration . ( From 1R to 19R )

1R - Big Bang and Kolaps - cyclical nature of the universe.

1V - Approximately 4.5 - 5 billion years ago - the formation of the Earth's crust.

2R - About 3.5 billion years ago - the first organisms .

2V - About a billion years ago - the first single-celled organisms ( eukaryotes ) .

3R - Approximately 900 - 700 million years ago - the first multi-cellular organisms .

3V - approximately 700 - 600 million years ago - the first invertebrates .

4R - 500 million years ago - the first vertebrates .

4V - 400 million years ago - vertebrates came out of the water.

5R - 220 million years ago - the beginning of the reign of the dinosaurs.

5V - 65 million years ago - extinction of the dinosaurs , evolution of mammals .

6R - About 65 - 30 million years ago - carnivores .

6V - About 30 - 7 million years ago - the formation of plants and animals.

7R - About 12 million years ago - the first hominids .

7V - About 7 - 5 million years ago - the appearance of man .

8R - About 100 thousand . years ago - the emergence of modern man .

8V - Approximately 15-12 thousand . years ago - man hiking - "bridge" Bering .

9R - Approximately 11.5 thousand . years ago - the end of the last ice age.

9V - About 10 thousand . years ago - hunter -gatherers , the birth of agriculture.

10R - Around 4000 , the BC - Development of urban community Mesopotamia.

10V - Around 3000 , the BC - The beginnings of civilization of ancient Egypt.

11R - The turn of the second and first millennium BC - Judaism , Jerusalem.

11V - turn of the century - Christianity . Rome .

12R - None. According to me - Ancient Greece .

12 V - None. According to me - the Empire of Alexander the Great .

13R - The Roman Empire .

13V - Persian Empire .

14R - Huns . Mongol Empire .

14V - Byzantine Empire .

15R - The State of the Franks.

15V - The spread of Islam.

16R - Vikings .

16V - Slavs .

17R - The Crusades .

17V - The Hundred Years War .

18R - Ottoman Empire .

18V - War of the Roses .

19R - The Order of the Teutonic Knights .