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Voynich manuscript has 'genuine message'


Posted on Saturday, 22 June, 2013 | Comment icon 38 comments | News tip by: seeder


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The enigmatic 15th century manuscript may turn out to be genuine after all thanks to a new study.

The Voynich manuscript is a book containing strange undecipherable text and images that dates back to the 1400s. Regarded by many to be a hoax, the manuscript had disappeared for centuries until antique book dealer Wilfrid Voynich came across it in 1912. Despite numerous examinations of the text nobody has yet succeeded in deciphering what it says, even a WWII code breaker team were unable to make any sense of it.

But now a theoretical physicist believes he may have made progress on it. Marcelo Montemurro and a colleague from the University of Manchester have used a computerized statistical model to identify words and phrases within the text that appear to show some meaningful linguistic pattern.

"The text is unique, there are no similar works and all attempts to decode any possible message in the text have failed," said Montemurro. "It's not easy to dismiss the manuscript as simple nonsensical gibberish, as it shows a significant [linguistic] structure."

"The message inside "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript" has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century."

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Comment icon #29 Posted by jaylemurph on 26 June, 2013, 2:58
The best example would be a text called Hypnerotomachia Polyphili, which is usually translated as The Struggle of Love in a Dream. It's partly an allegory for the voyage of the soul, but it's written in about a dozen languages and lavishly illustrated, and the author is not certainly known. It's from 1499, so it's even from the same general timeframe. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #30 Posted by HawkLord on 27 June, 2013, 19:55
I read somewhere ( maybe here as I cant quite remember where) that it might be some form of alchemical codex. I look forward to more information.
Comment icon #31 Posted by questionmark on 27 June, 2013, 19:58
That was suspected for a long time, what is evident is that whoever wrote it was not very consequential, it was much more an exercise in "pretending to make gold", where a large amount of gold passed from one pocket to another.
Comment icon #32 Posted by brizink on 11 July, 2013, 12:02
A multi-quote would have been much easier. I don't need to defend myself on here? obviously you took that a bit personal. Haha, no one cares what sources you have cited or even what book you read on the subject. The truth is that the manu contains information that would be otherwise impossibly dangerous in the late 16th century. So assuming you are correct in that it cannot be older than you say, then of course getting burned at the stake (save your head is a euphemism, just because were talking about something pertaining to public execution doesn't mean I'm referencing the meth... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Quaentum on 11 July, 2013, 15:18
I read, sometime in the past and can no longer remember precisely what it was, that one possibility was that the person suffered from a specific disorder (sorry been too long and don't remember) that included the creation of their own written languages.
Comment icon #34 Posted by JesseCuster on 11 July, 2013, 16:27
I wouldn't be so sure about that. Have you heard of the Codex Seriphianus? A similar book in that it's written in a seemingly unknown language and unknown with all sorts of oddball illustrations of strange lifeforms. At 360 pages, it took the artist (Luigi Serafini) two and a half years to complete it. Perhaps the author of the Voynich manu worked on it in his spare time for years and didn't need to sacrifice family or personal life to do so. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Seraphinianus
Comment icon #35 Posted by jaylemurph on 11 July, 2013, 20:41
Well, no, that's not the truth. For that to be the truth, you'd have to actually know what was /in/ the text, and the whole point about this manu is that no one does. Except, apparently, you. So since you know what all the text says, please enlighten us. Well, no. They would have less need to cover up, not more. As when the Popes received magical blessing from Campanella or rich men accumulated forbidden texts in their libraries. But it's all moot, since any reaction to the text would depend on the information contained in it. Which no one knows. But you. Well, I suppose... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by lilthor on 6 August, 2013, 18:25
Check out these drawings by Charles Steffen made in the 1950's while he was a patient at a mental hospital: To me, they are eerily similar to those found in the VM. Perhaps the origin of the VM can be partially explained by the mental state of its author.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Dark_Grey on 6 August, 2013, 18:53
Those are oddly similar (especially that first one). You may be on to something there...which would be bittersweet if it turned out to be true. Such a huge mystery turns out to be the work of a crazy person lol
Comment icon #38 Posted by I love the spookyness on 18 August, 2013, 20:04
Am i the only one who would die of laughter if this turned out to be a dirty book with instruction on how to make herbal viagra?


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