90 Miles From Tyranny : The Voynich manuscript, A 600 year old mystery manuscript decoded by University of Bedfordshire professor

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Voynich manuscript, A 600 year old mystery manuscript decoded by University of Bedfordshire professor

An award-winning professor from the University has followed in the footsteps of Indiana Jones by cracking the code of a 600 year old manuscript, deemed as ‘the most mysterious’ document in the world.
Stephen Bax, Professor of Applied Linguistics, has just become the first professional linguist to crack the code of the Voynich manuscript using an analytical approach.

The world-renowned manuscript is full of illustrations of exotic plants, stars, and mysterious human figures, as well as many pages written in an unknown text.

Up until now the 15th century cryptic work has baffled scholars, cryptographers and codebreakers who have failed to read a single letter of the script or any word of the text.

Over time it has attained an infamous reputation, even featuring in the latest hit computer game Assassin’s Creed, as well as in the Indiana Jones novels, when Indiana decoded the Voynich and used it to find the ‘Philosopher's Stone’.

However in reality no one has come close to revealing the Voynich’s true messages.

Many grand theories have been proposed. Some suggest it was the work of Leonardo da Vinci as a boy, or secret Cathars, or the lost tribe of Israel, or most recently Aztecs … some have even proclaimed it was done by aliens!

Professor Bax however has begun to unlock the mystery meanings of the Voynich manuscript using his wide knowledge of mediaeval manuscripts and his familiarity with Semitic languages such as Arabic. Using careful linguistic analysis he is working on the script letter by letter.

“I hit on the idea of identifying proper names in the text, following historic approaches which successfully deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs and other mystery scripts, and I then used those names to work out part of the script,” explained Professor Bax, who is to give his inaugural lecture as a professor at the University later this month.

“The manuscript has a lot of illustrations of stars and plants. I was able to identify some of these, with their names, by looking at mediaeval herbal manuscripts in Arabic and other languages, and I then made a start on a decoding, with some exciting results.”

Read the rest here: www.beds.ac.uk/news/2014/february/600-year-old-mystery-manuscript-decoded-by-university-of-bedfordshire-professor/


Doom said...

I hope he isn't looking for the recipe for eternal life in it? :)

Doom said...

Oh? I mean, that does exist. It's just... not in that book.

Unknown 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 ) http://gloriaolivae.pl/

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 .