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October 26, 2011

Translation and cryptography are made to rhyme

The Copher Cipher succumbs to a team of Swedish and American linguists as the experts decide to treat translation as a code breaking problem.

In an oft-cited letter in 1947 to the mathematician Norbert Weiner, he wrote: “One naturally wonders if the problem of translation could conceivably be treated as a problem in cryptography. When I look at an article in Russian, I say: ‘This is really written in English, but it has been coded in some strange symbols. I will now proceed to decode.’ ”

Related: Reading the article through, it looks as though nobody has let the New York Times know the Voynich Manuscript may already have been decoded.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 26, 2011 08:28 AM