Voynich Manuscript: Book that nobody can read

Found in a chest of books outside Rome by a dealer in antique books, the Voynich manuscript is among literature's great mysteries. "People are doing statistical analysis of letter use and word use -- the tools that have been used for code breaking. But they still haven't figured it out,"

Mysteries & Space Hit: 1388 / Yorum: 0 / 28 Ocak 2016 18:43
Voynich Manuscript: Book that nobody can read
-A +A

Found in a chest of books outside Rome by a dealer in antique books, the Voynich manuscript is among literature's great mysteries.

The book of aging parchment is written in 'alien' characters, some resembling Latin letters, others in contrast to anything employed in any recognized language, and arranged into what seem to be words and sentences -- except they do not resemble anything written or read by human beings. 

And for decades, the manuscript has mystified scientists.  "Is it a code, a cipher of some kind?" asked Greg Hodgins, a physicist with the University of Arizona. "People are doing statistical analysis of letter use and word use -- the tools that have been used for code breaking. But they still haven't figured it out," Hodgins said.

The DaVinci Code was fiction. The Voynich manuscript is genuine -- and its code remains one of history's largest mysteries. But at least Hodgins has solved part of the mystery behind the book: it is age.  Since the parchment pages of the Voynich manuscript were made from animal skin, they can be radiocarbon-dated. Hodgins, a chemist and archaeological scientist, utilized radiocarbon dating on tiny bits of the pages extracted with a scalpel to determine that the book dates back to the early 15th century, making it a century older than scholars had previously believed.

Carbon-14 dating places the book's creation to among 1404 and 1438, in the early Renaissance. It is not the oldest book in the world -- that would be The Diamond Sutra, a seven-page scroll printed with wood blocks on paper in China around 1,300 years ago ( via foxnews.com ). "There are types of ciphers that embed meaning within gibberish.

So it is possible that most of it does mean nothing," he said. "There is an old cipher method where you have a sheet of paper with strategically placed holes in it. And when those holes are laid on top of the writing, you read the letters in those holes. It is almost from another world!" 

The 'ancient' manuscript possibly penned by a bookseller and a spy. The puzzling - and thus far indecipherable - nature of an old manuscript has confounded some of the world's greatest cryptologists.

Is there truly a code to break, or is it all an elaborate hoax? I have come to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at Yale University, to solve a mystery that makes The Da Vinci Code seem tame - a book no-one can read, in a language that doesn't exist, illustrated with plants and creatures that have never been seen on Earth. It is known as The Voynich Manuscript, after the second-hand book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, who claimed to have discovered it in Italy, in 1912.

Since then, it has obsessed countless experts and generated numerous theories, both scientific and crackpot. "My favourite is that it is the illustrated diary of a teenage space alien who left it behind on earth," 

Facebook'ta paylaş butonu
Print
Yorum Yap
Yorumunuz
1000

Henüz yorum yapılmadı,
İlk Yorum yapan siz olun...

Facebook Yorumları
Benzer Haberler
Notable Spotlight
Most Readet
Most Commented
Polling

Pages
Announcements
Links
Archive
Relative Subject List
Read
Guest Book
Weather Report
Weather Report
Yükleniyor...