Saturday, 23 March 2013
The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. It is an organized book with a consistent script, discernible organisation and detailed illustrations.
It appears to be a real language - just one that nobody has seen before. And it really does appear to mean something. But nobody knows what.
There is not even a consensus on who wrote it, or even when it was written or why.
Expert military code-breakers, cryptographers, mathematicians, linguists, people who get paid to find and decipher patterns, have all been left unable to decipher a single word.
As you can imagine, proposed solutions have been all over the board, from reasonable to completely ridiculous. Some say it's an unbreakable code that requires a key to solve. Some say it's a hoax, others believe it's glossolalia, which is when you speak or write something you don't understand but that is being channelled to you by God or aliens..