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‘Secret Message’ Inside Of Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

Manuscripts, writings, paintings, murals, epics, inscriptions, excavations, discoveries—all of these have provided with the most amazing knowledge with respect to the past of the human civilization. There have been manuscripts and the like which have been tedious to understand, but later gave some of the most fantasizing and significant results. However, if you have read about the Mysterious Voynich manuscript, there is still much left to be explored.

For those of you unknown to this imperative and enigmatic script, here are some pointers which will aid you in a better understanding:

  • The book has been dated to the early 1400s.
  • Wilfrid Voynich an antique book dealer bought it in 1912 amidst a plethora of second –hand publications in Italy. On his name, the book was named as Voynich manuscript.
  • The book inculcates about 240 pages.
  • It incorporates mystical pictures of plants that are unknown, celestial images and nude women bathing.
  • The book has a letter which is thought to be dated to 1666. In accordance with the letter the book was once a property of the Emperor Rudolf II. He was a member of the house of Hansburg.
  • There have been people who believed that a con artist, Edward Kelly scripted the manuscript in the mid 1500s. In fact, the people also believed that it was a hoax meant simply for financial gains. However, this notion was ruled out due to the recent radiocarbon dating experiment.
  • There is also the theory surrounding the book to be a primitive herbal remedy book. However, there is ambiguity with regards to the nude bathing women portrayed in the book.
  • The analysts have segregated the books, into five sections which inculcate-biological, pharmaceutical, herbal, astrological and a section on recipes.
voynich-manuscript13The Voynich manuscript was discovered in an Italian monastery in 1912
voynich-manuscript1Carbon dating suggests the manuscript was created in the early 15th century, between approximately 1404 and 1438, during the Italian Renaissance.

Many researchers have tried to find out the patterns and pictures. Amidst them, Marcelo Montemurro, a physicist, University of Manchester, UK is closest to unraveling the mystery. He and his colleague have been utilizing a computerized statistical methodology.

He stated -“The semantic networks we obtained clearly show that related words tend to share structure similarities. This also happens to a certain degree in real languages.”

voynich-manuscript14The centuries-old Voynich manuscript, which dates back to the middle ages, was long thought to contain a secret code and cyptographers have spent years trying to decipher the mysterious text but now one expert believes it to be a hoax

Hence, he believes it completely unlikely to be associated with the hoax!

However, there are analysts and researchers who believe the contrary. Gordon Rugg, a mathematician, Keel University, UK belongs to the latter category. He has fabricated his own complex code, which bears resemblance to Voynichese pattern. He has pursued this to show that a text can have meaningful and implacable patterns, even when, it is a gibberish hoax text.

voynich-manuscript12The 240 pages of the book are made from a type of parchment produced using calf skin, known as vellum.

He states:”Some of the features of the manuscript’s text, such as the way that it consists of separate words, are inconsistent with most methods of encoding text. Modern codes almost invariably avoid having separate words, as those would be an easy way to crack most coding systems.”

Then, there is analyst like Dr. Bauer, who initially thought it to be a hoax, but with the latest findings there are chances of him believing in it.

More analysis and researches will be able to pave the way to portray the right picture!

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  • Good day!
    To the question about the Voynich manuscript.
    The text is written signs. Signs are used instead of letters of the alphabet one of the ancient languages. Moreover, in the text there are 2 levels of encryption. I found the key with which the first section I could read the following words: hemp, wearing hemp; food, food (sheet 20 at the numbering on the Internet); to clean (gut), knowledge, perhaps the desire, to drink, sweet beverage (nectar), maturation (maturity), to consider, to believe (sheet 107); to drink; six; flourishing; increasing; intense; peas; sweet drink, nectar, etc. Is just the short words, 2-3 sign. To translate words with more than 2-3 characters requires knowledge of this ancient language. The fact that some signs correspond to two letters. Thus, for example, a word consisting of three characters can fit up to six letters of which three. In the end, you need six characters to define the semantic word of three letters. Without knowledge of this language make it very difficult even with a dictionary.
    If you are interested, I am ready to send more detailed information, including scans of pages showing the translated words.

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