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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Voynich manuscript Images

The Voynich manuscript is a book that is thought to have been written sometime between 1450 and 1520. It is written in an unknown language using an unknown script. It was discovered in 1912 by a book dealer Wilfrid Voynich. No one has ever been able to decipher it. Some of the best cryptologists in the world have worked on it, and have not been able to come up with any meaning to the text in the book. Many believe the entire book to be an elaborate hoax. Several researchers have done statistical analysis on the word structures and have proposed that the text is likely gibberish. The entire book is filled with illustrations and what appear to be text descriptions of these illustrations. All of the illustrations are painted in a medieval style. The only thing that has been confirmed about the book is that it is very old.
Anyway, all of that was to give you a background for the Flickr photoset that I found. Someone has taken a lot of high resolution scans of the book and put them in a photo set on flickr for people to look at. The images are pretty cool.

Flickr Photoset: Voynich Manuscript
For a detailed history of the manuscript read the Wikipedia Article: Voynich manuscript

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