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.
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.”
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.
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!