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  Voynich manuscript - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine.
The bizarre features of the Voynich manuscript text (such as the doubled and tripled words), the suspicious contents of its illustrations (such as the chimeric plants), its lack of historical reference and persistent resistance to deciphering have led many people to conclude that the manuscript may in fact be a hoax.
The Voynich manuscript is central to the plot of Brad Strickland’s The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost, part of the Johnny Dixon series begun by author John Bellairs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Voynich_Manuscript   (6237 words)

 ipedia.com: Voynich manuscript Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This string of egregious failures has turned the Voynich manuscript into the Holy Grail of historical cryptology; but it has also given weight to the theory that the book is nothing but an elaborate hoax — a meaningless sequence of random symbols.
Since the manuscript's alphabet does not resemble any known script, and the text is still undeciphered, the only useful evidence as to the book's age and origin are the illustrations—especially the dresses and hairstyles of the human figures, and a couple of castles that are seen in the diagrams.
The bizarre features of the Voynich manuscript text (such as the doubled and tripled words) and the suspicious contents of its illustrations (such as the chimeric plants) have led many people to conclude that the manuscript may in fact be a hoax.
www.ipedia.com /voynich_manuscript.html   (5098 words)

 World Mysteries - Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich Manuscript is a cipher manuscript, sometimes attributed to Roger Bacon.
Dr. Leo Levitov, author of Solution of the Voynich Manuscript, presents the thesis that the Voynich is nothing less then the only surviving primary document of the " Great Heresy" that arose in Italy and flourished in Languedoc until ruthlessly exterminated by the Albigensian Crusade in the 1230s.
The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious late mediæval text, written in an unknown script in an unknown language or cypher.
www.world-mysteries.com /sar_13.htm   (3797 words)

 BBC Staffordshire Features - Voynich Manuscript
The medieval Voynich Manuscript - in the language of the angels....
Originally it was thought the manuscript contained a previously undiscovered language or that it may have been an ancient herbal remedy book.
Voynich manuscript is the most interesting enigma i've ever seen.
www.bbc.co.uk /stoke/features/2004/02/voynich.shtml   (713 words)

 The Voynich Manuscript
Accompanying the manuscript was a letter that stated that it was the work of the Englishman Roger Bacon, who flourished in the thirteenth century and who was a noted pre-Copernican astronomer.
The manuscript somehow passed to Jacobus de Tepenecz, the director of Rudolph's botanical gardens (his signature is present in folio 1r) and it is speculated that this must have happened after 1608, when Jacobus Horcicki received his title 'de Tepenecz'.
Between that time and 1912 (when Voynich discovered it) it is speculated that the manuscript may have been stored or forgotten in some library and finally moved to the Jesuit College at the Villa Mondragone.
www.crystalinks.com /voynich.html   (3051 words)

 Voynich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ethel Lilian Voynich (1864-1960), the author of the novel The Gadfly.
Wilfrid Michael Voynich (1865-1930), husband of Ethel Lilian Voynich.
Voynich manuscript is a mysterious illustrated book of unknown contents, and the Voynich refers to Wilfrid Michael Voynich.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Voynich   (111 words)

 Voynich MS - Short Tour - Intro
An even shorter introduction to the Voynich MS is given in an on-line copy of an article by G.Landini and R.
Voynich took the MS to the United States and started a campaign to have it deciphered.
Another early owner of the MS was identified by Voynich when, on the lower margin of the first folio, under special illumination, the erased signature of Jacobus de Tepenec was found.
www.voynich.nu /s_intro.html#intro   (399 words)

 Philip Neal's Voynich page
The Voynich manuscript, now MS 408 of the Beinecke library at Yale University, appears to be a late mediaeval scientific compendium written in an unknown cipher script.
It is well known that 'words' of the Voynich manuscript have a distinctive internal structure with a pronounced difference between initial, medial and final distribution of letters in a word.
If the letters of the Voynich manuscript are encipherments of individual letters of a plaintext in the Roman alphabet, it is not possible that they have been enciphered in the original order.
mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk /philipneal/voynich/voypage.html   (1143 words)

 The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript dates back at least to the seventeenth century, though it is possibly much older.
The manuscript first came to the attention of modern scholars in 1912 when Wilfrid M. Voynich (after whom it is now named) discovered it tucked away in the library of Villa Mondragone, a Jesuit college in Frascati, Italy.
In 1943 Joseph Martin Feely, working on the assumption that the manuscript had originally been written by Roger Bacon, attempted to match the frequency of characters in the text to the frequency of characters within Bacon's other writings, and decode it in this way.
www.museumofhoaxes.com /voynich.html   (618 words)

 The Voynich manuscript, a puzzling manuscript...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This is not a trivial question and it has baffled historians and scientists alike for most part of this century, in the case of a particular medieval document, called "the Voynich Manuscript".
The Voynich MS is named for one Wilfrid M. Voynich, an American rare-book collector who came across it in 1912 in the library of the Villa Mondragone, a Jesuit college in Frascati, near Rome (Italy).
Recognizing the manuscript as an unusual and potentially valuable artifact, Voynich purchased it and brought it back with him to America.
www.archimedes-lab.org /voynich.html   (596 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript turns up in the estate of Rudolph and the very month that he paid 14,000 gold ducats for it to persons unknown, Dee, who was always writing back to the Elizabethan court hounding them to send money, entered into his account book that they received 14,000 ducats from an unknown source.
impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine.
Voynich, the document's purported 20th century discoverer, and Edward Kelley, the 16th century forger who befriended Queen Elizabeth I's adviser John Dee, are both considered potential hoaxers, but many other possibilities exist as well.
fusionanomaly.net /voynichmanuscript.html   (1421 words)

 Amazon.com: The Voynich Manuscript: Books: Gerry Kennedy,Rob Churchill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Voynich believed the codex to be the work of medieval philosopher Roger Bacon, others that the Elizabethan mathematician and occultist John Dee was the author.
This is the Voynich Manuscript, a document well known among cryptographers, linguists, scholars of the Middle Ages, and those simply curious about genuine oddities.
Wilfrid Voynich was a rare book dealer who reported that he found the manuscript in a Jesuit college outside Rome in 1912, along with a letter connecting it to Roger Bacon, the thirteenth-century British friar and scientist.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/075285996X?v=glance   (1427 words)

 The Voynich Manuscript - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
The Voynich Manuscript is a 200+ page book generally thought to have been written roughly half a millennium ago.
Perhaps the appeal of Voynich research is that (a) it is truly cross-disciplinary, and (b) it rewards endeavour and persistence.
The Voynich Manuscript has more than 200 pages, divided up into twenty quires (as per the following links).
en.wikibooks.org /wiki/The_Voynich_Manuscript   (426 words)

 The Voynich Manuscript
"Wilfrid Voynich judged it [the Voynich Manuscript] to date from the late 13th century, on the evidence of the calligraphy, the drawings, the vellum, and the pigments.
Many of the Voynich characters are identical but for tiny variations and embellishments that may or may not have any significance.
Overall, the vocabulary of the Voynich text is smaller than it should be, statistically speaking, and although in general the words are unusually short compared to Latin and English, there are, upon close inspection, almost no one- or two-letter words.
www.mystae.com /restricted/streams/scripts/voynich.html   (3867 words)

 The Voynich Manuscript | MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Voynich Manuscript is 235 page manuscript written in a cipher that has yet to be decoded.
A brilliant modern descendent of the Voynich Manuscript is CODEX SERAPHINIANVS by Luigi Serafini.
One of the sticking-points about the Voynich manuscript (the "VM" to them that debate its finer points ad nauseam) is the depiction of this flower on one of the pages in the "botanical" section.
www.metafilter.com /mefi/22846   (1521 words)

 moleskinerie: The Voynich Manuscript
"The Voynich manuscript is a mysterious illustrated book of unknown contents, written some 600 years ago by an anonymous author in an unidentified alphabet and unintelligible language.
Over its recorded existence, the Voynich manuscript has been the object of intense study by many professional and amateur cryptographers — including some top American and British codebreakers of World War II fame — who all failed to decipher a single word.
This string of failures has turned the Voynich manuscript into the Holy Grail of historical cryptology, but it has also given weight to the theory that the book is simply an elaborate hoax — a meaningless sequence of arbitrary symbols.
www.moleskinerie.com /2005/12/the_voynich_man.html   (265 words)

This is a slightly annotated bibliography on the Voynich manuscript, compiled from a variety of sources, especially members of the Voynich mailing list, who should not feel slighted by the fact that I won't usually cite them by name, even when I steal their text word-for-word.
Both of these in are in the manuscript collection, for which special permission is needed in addition to a normal British Library reader's pass.
A modern manuscript written in an "indecipherable code," probably an elaborate practical joke, might be worth comparing to the Voynich.
www.fiu.edu /~mizrachs/voynich-biblio.html   (1435 words)

 Leonardo da Vinci and the Voynich Manuscript   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Wilfred M. Voynich purchased the Voynich Manuscript from a Jesuit Monastery in Northern Italy in 1912.
This Manuscript was made from soft light brown vellum and is considered to be approximately 500 years old.
A number of the words in the manuscript appear to be repetitive so I assume that they are only there to confuse the reader and have nothing to do with the actual text.
www.edithsherwood.com   (1798 words)

 MS 408
These drawings are the most enigmatic in the manuscript and it has been suggested that they symbolically represent the process of human reproduction and the procedure by which the soul becomes united with the body (cf.
Dee apparently owned the manuscript along with a number of other Roger Bacon manuscripts; he was in Prague 1582-86 and was in contact with Emperor Rudolph during this period.
G: Five notebooks handwritten by Ethel Voynich containing notes on the identification of the plants, medicinal herbs and roots; miscellaneous notes by A. Nills listing some characters or combinations of characters as they appear in the manuscript.
webtext.library.yale.edu /beinflat/pre1600.ms408.htm   (1213 words)

 The Asterisk* :: View topic - Voynich manuscript discussion: 2005 January 22   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This manuscript was discussed on the 2002 August 26 APOD and the 2005 January 22 APOD respectively found here: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap020826.html, http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/ap050122.html.
I've always been intrigued by the Voynich Manuscript, yet never could identify what I thought was the logical conclusion.
Please note that there are many attempts to dechiperement of this manuscript and mine is perhaps the latest and the newest in a series of attempts.
bb.nightskylive.net /asterisk/viewtopic.php?t=349   (861 words)

 Voynich Manuscript - Graffë Forums
Rugg cracked the Voynich not because he was smarter, but because he focused on what everyone else had missed.
the probability that someone produce a manuscript of that size in gibberish is incredibly low if it has to obey that statistical law.
She found that the Voynich's well-known statistical anomalies - its unnatural repetition of certain words, a sudden dropoff in the use of previously common syllables - can all be accounted for if one uses structured tables and grilles.
www.graffe.com /forums/showthread.php?p=556733   (1048 words)

 Voynich Manuscript Mailing List   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Mysteries surrounding the Voynich Manuscript have puzzled researchers since the earliest surviving report in the seventeenth century: we have no clear idea of its date, its author, its provenance, the meaning of its script, or even the meaning of its drawings.
The author of the manuscript was then thought to have been the 13th-century monk and scholar Roger Bacon (1214?-1294?), but this attribution now appears to be much too early.
The manuscript was bound and numbered, probably by a later hand than the author's.
www.voynich.net   (635 words)

 The Voynich Manuscript   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
EVMT Project Home Page has an introduction, Voynich fonts, software tools, info on the project to provide a complete transcription of the VMs, and many links on related subjects.
Voynich Manuscript Pictures has photonegatives from Yale's digital database above, along with the best current identifications of the plants.
The Voynich Gallery (Parts 1 and 2) has 57 BandW folios of the manuscript from Don Laycock's microfilm.
www.geocities.com /ctesibos/voynich   (215 words)

 Cryptologists call mysterious manuscript a hoax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Those tantalizing explanations for the fabled Voynich manuscript -- sometimes termed "the world's most mysterious book" -- may give way to a more humdrum scenario.
British computer scientists have concluded that the so-called VM, which has stumped generations of scientists, is a scam concocted 400 years ago by an Elizabethan con artist to bilk a king.
He headed the study and provided an advance copy of the report, which will be published in the January 2004 edition of "Cryptologia." Cyrptology researchers often announce new discoveries in the noted journal.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/03355/253466.stm   (1078 words)

 Annotated Voynich Manuscript Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Voynich, Wilfrid; Voynich, Ethel, and Nill, A. Notes concerning the history of the cipher manuscript.
Brumbaugh, R. ``The Voynich `Roger Bacon' Cipher Manuscript: Deciphered Maps of Stars.'' Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 39(1976): 139-50.
Voynich, Wilfrid M. ``A Preliminary Sketch of the History of the Roger Bacon Cipher Manuscript.'' Proceedings of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia, pp.415-30, Philadelphia, 1921.
www.ic.unicamp.br /~stolfi/voynich/mirror/reeds/bib.html   (3103 words)

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