So, where do we find the instrument to 'crack it's code?'
AN award-winning professor from the University of Bedfordshire 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.
“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.”
Among the words he has identified is the term for Taurus, alongside a picture of seven stars which seem to be the Pleiades, and also the word KANTAIRON alongside a picture of the plant Centaury, a known mediaeval herb, as well as a number of other plants.
Although Professor Bax’s decoding is still only partial, it has generated a lot of excitement in the world of codebreaking and linguistics because it could prove a crucial breakthrough for an eventual full decipherment.
“My aim in reporting on my findings at this stage is to encourage other linguists to work with me to decode the whole script using the same approach, though it still won’t be easy. That way we can finally understand what the mysterious authors were trying to tell us,” he added.
“But already my research shows conclusively that the manuscript is not a hoax, as some have claimed, and is probably a treatise on nature, perhaps in a Near Eastern or Asian language.”
I have always been fascinated about this manuscript! Thank you jack! xoxoxo
I would highly suggest this video to anyone interested in Voynich
Let me know what you think.
The Manuscript says to have deciphered it recently, corresponding to a catalog of plants to treat physical problems of women
I watched a documentary on this. I just don't know how come that "somebody" hasn't cracked the language of the book. It may have been have written in a language code so that the inquisition couldn't get ahold of it or some other that would cry Witchcraft? We know it has to do with plants, and their corresponding elements and healing properties with the planets, it seems like someone could crack that code by now, lol. Thank you Jack :)
The style doesn't look like Leonardo's, however old he was at the time, (in my opinion.) I know he wrote in code, although there is a leaning towards some historians believing he was dyslexic, I wouldn't like to say one way or the other.
Helela has a point, in the language being a code for self preservation. Leonardo may have had the same reason for his code also. Over the centuries humans have had to hide thoughts and knowledge for so many different reasons from one another.
I hadn't heard of this manuscript, so I'm going to have a look at that YouTube video and educate myself :-)
He may have been old but still alive?
This gives me an idea, which I've sure a million others have had. Find out who else that could have been alive during that time period that had a lot of experience with the planets, plants and herbs that used these things in healing and other works. Good googling and good luck to us, lol.
Such detail in the whole work . The penmanship and the masses of sketches.