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February 22, 2011

Nag A Ram

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Edith Sherwood decodes the Voynich Manuscript. It's an old Hermetic trick and blindingly obvious once it is point out.

When I examined the VM script, I noticed that there were very few corrections, and the writing, though slow, had the appearance of easy fluidity. A complicated code would require making a preliminary copy using for example a slate for a scratch pad. Paper was expensive in the 15th century. To produce a 200 page manuscript under these conditions would be a very tedious task. The encoding must have been simple, easy and direct. Gordon Rugg has suggested that the VM is nothing but a meaningless jumble of letters! I wondered whether he was not correct, with one modification, only the individual words were jumbled, i.e. anagrams.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 22, 2011 06:28 AM