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Voynich Manuscript - very cool stuff!!!

There was a blog on /. about this thing - I had never heard of it before but in the immortal words of Ned Fladners, as Melon scratchers go that's a honey-doodle!! LOTS of info at http://www.voynich.nu/ but the short of it is this:

In 1912, the antiquarian book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich bought a number of mediaeval manuscripts from an undisclosed location in Europe. Among these was a lavishly illustrated manuscript codex of 234 pages, written in an unknown script.

Voynich took the MS to the United States and started a campaign to have it deciphered. Now, almost 100 years later, the Voynich manuscript still stands as probably the most elusive puzzle in the world of cryptography. Not a single word of this 'Most Mysterious Manuscript', written probably in the second half of the 15th Century, can be understood.
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it was probably the babblings of a person in a mental institution, or somebody who should have been.

maybe it was somebody making up their own language like piglatin or just latin in general
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That is pretty wild and amazing that today's technology and University professors/students have not even put a dent into this.
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that is why i think it is just jibberish
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Re: Voynich Manuscript - very cool stuff!!!

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that is why i think it is just jibberish
taken from a /. poster - who knows?

I've studied the Voynich manuscript before, and the possibility of a hoax seems just as unlikely as many of the theories that have been floating about. Yes, the language of the Voynich manuscript could be an elaborate hoax, but Rugg's analysis only proves what is already widely known.

The problem of creating such an elaborate hoax is that even Rugg's theory doesn't explain all the features of the Voynich manuscript. Furthermore, it seems unlikely that a sixteenth-century forger would go to the trouble of creating something that would have all the qualities of a real language and would include techniques that would deliberately resemble an actual document when viewed with analytical techniques that wouldn't be developed later. Occam's Razor makes it seem more likely that there some kind of language operating in the manuscript than a random system of patterns. Then again, there's no real way of knowing.
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That is pretty wild and amazing that today's technology and University professors/students have not even put a dent into this.

...or this.
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