We Haven't Yet Cracked The Code Of The Voynich Manuscript

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The Voynich Manuscript is named after Wilfrid M. Voynich, a bookseller who purchased it from the Jesuit College at Frascati in 1912. But the manuscript is far older, most likely from the 15th or 16th century. The text within has yet to be deciphered by cryptographers, scholars, and scientists, though it seems to be vaguely European and to have the patterns of a language. Strange illustrations accompany the words, ranging from drawings of unidentified plants to "cosmological medallions."


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The characters and illustrations in the Voynich Manuscript seem European. 00:23

  2. A note found inside the Voynich Manuscript in 1666 suggested that the manuscript was written by English friar Roger Bacon. 01:19

  3. Some scholars believe that the Voynich Manuscript is an elaborate hoax, but analyses of the text have found patterns that occur in real languages. 01:56