The Voynich Manuscript mystery still remains

June 5th, 2009 - 8:34 pm ICT by GD  

The Voynich Manuscript refers to a mysterious, undecipherable illustrated book. The experts on the subject say that the manuscript was written in the 15th or 16th century. The author, the script and the language of the script still remains a mystery.

From the time the manuscript was first discovered, the Voynich manuscript has been the object of overwhelming interest. Intense studies have been carried out on the Voynich Manuscript by many professional and as well as amateur cryptographers and anyone having a mild interest in manuscripts.

However, till now no person or cryptographer has been able to decipher a single word of the manuscript. It still remains one of the most intriguing mysteries that are yet to be solved.

And since no one has been able to decipher the script of the Voynich manuscript, a theory has recently emerged, which says that the Voynich manuscript is some kind of a hoax- with a sequence of arbitrary symbols that are meaningless and make no sense.

The manuscript got its name “Voynich Manuscript” from its possessor, the Polish American book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich, who first acquired the book in the year 1912. Currently, the manuscript is a part of the Beniecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University and is tagged as item MS 408.

The books is said to originally have 272 pages in 17 quires of 16 pages. However, at present some 240 vellum pages of the manuscript remain. The gaps in between the pages or the pages that are missing indicate that these pages were missing from the time when Voynich first acquired it.

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