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The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish- Samogitian book dealer who downloadd it in Some of the pages are missing, with. Roughly translated, many parts of the Voynich Manuscript say that women Full of handwriting in an unknown language or code, the book is. In , Polish antiquarian book dealer Wilfred Voynich downloadd a collection of old books from the monastery of Villa Mondragone in Rome.
A page from the mysterious Voynich manuscript, which is undeciphered to this day. Among the books, he discovered a manuscript apparently written in an unknown alphabet and decorated with more than illustrations , half of which show unknown plants, figures and symbols. Voynich studied for years the manuscript that nowadays bears his name , but wasn't able to crack the code. Despite all the efforts and claims, no one has ever been able to determine its meaning, and some researchers have speculated that the manuscript might be just a historic fake. Modern forensic analysis revealed that the materials used for the Voynich manuscript were possibly produced in northern Italy between and , but it may have been written as late as
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Megan Gannon, Live Science Contributor on. Public domain The Voynich manuscript has eluded interpretation for a century. Voynich Text Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University The Voynich manuscript's unintelligible writings and strange illustrations have defied every attempt at understanding their meaning.
YouTube Stephen Bax In February , one researcher said he was able to decipher 10 words and 14 characters in the text, including the word for coriander. Unknown Names Credit: YouTube Stephen Bax Stephen Bax, a professor of applied linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire in England, said he used the same approach that scholars have previously used to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs and other texts, which involves first identifying proper names for things like plants and stars.
Reading the Stars Credit: YouTube Stephen Bax Beyond illustrations of plants, the manuscript also contains drawings of the constellations like Taurus — another noun Bax was able to decode.
The Voynich Manuscript Credit: Centaurea Credit: YouTube Stephen Bax Bax also found a possible word for the centaurea flower in the year-old script. Swirling bodies Credit: Now, history researcher and television writer Nicholas Gibbs appears to have cracked the code, discovering that the book is actually a guide to women's health that's mostly plagiarized from other guides of the era.
Because the manuscript has been entirely digitized by Yale's Beinecke Library , he could see tiny details in each page and pore over them at his leisure. His experience with medieval Latin and familiarity with ancient medical guides allowed him to uncover the first clues.
After looking at the so-called code for a while, Gibbs realized he was seeing a common form of medieval Latin abbreviations, often used in medical treatises about herbs. The text would have been very familiar to anyone at the time who was interested in medicine.
The mysterious medieval Voynich Manuscript is probably a women's health manual, according to history researcher Nicholas Gibbs. There are countless images of bathing women in the book because medieval and ancient physicians believed baths were the cure for many ills.
A lot of the book focuses on how to make medicines from herbs, and there are a number of pictures illustrating medicinal plants.
Astrological images appear throughout the book too, mostly because medieval doctors thought the positions of the stars and planets could affect health. Further study of the herbs and images in the book reminded Gibbs of other Latin medical texts.
When he consulted the Trotula and De Balneis Puteolanis , two commonly copied medieval Latin medical books, he realized that a lot of the Voynich Manuscript's text and images had been plagiarized directly from them they, in turn, were copied in part from ancient Latin texts by Galen, Pliny, and Hippocrates.
During the Middle Ages, it was very common for scribes to reproduce older texts to preserve the knowledge in them.
There were no formal rules about copyright and authorship, and indeed books were extremely rare, so nobody complained. Once he realized that the Voynich Manuscript was a medical textbook, Gibbs explained, it helped him understand the odd images in it.