Voynich Manuscript Continues to Remain a Mystery


The medieval mysterious Voynich manuscript continues to remain a mystery. The world’s most mysterious manuscript has eluded some of the finest minds for more than a century. Cryptographers, mathematicians and linguist have tried to decipher the messages inside of the medieval manuscript repeatedly over the years, but have remained unsuccessful.

The medieval look, the origin, purpose and contents of the Voynich manuscript remain a deep mystery. Since the 17th century, numerous attempts to decipher the book have led to a few claims of success, but none have been convincing. Experts claim messages are hidden in drawings of medieval work.

The Polish-American Wilfred Voynich owned the manuscript since 1912 until his death in 1930, and the book has been named after him. It is known as a book written in an undecipherable script. The author and language are unknown, and no similar books have ever been found. The ownership of the medieval manuscript is traced back to the 1700s.

A Theoretical Physicist from the University of Manchester, Marcelo Montemurro, believes his research could lead to the unraveling mystery of the book. He said the Voynich manuscript is a complex distribution of words compatible to those found in real language sequences. During research, some of the significant semantic word networks in the text were extracted, and the presence does provide support to a genuine message inside of the book.

During an interview with BBC, Dr Montemurro said the text in the manuscript is unique and that there are no similar works. He has spent several years analyzing the linguistic patterns within the manuscript. Previous attempts to decode any possible messages in the text have failed. He said the manuscript showed a significant linguistic structure and therefore it was not an easy task to dismiss the manuscript as simple senseless nonsense

Dr Montemurro used a computerized statistical method, an approach known to work on other languages. It focuses on how the words are arranged and a careful quantitative analysis of the text structure. Semantic patterns were found within the manuscript, yet the words remain a mystery. The results suggest that the overall statistics of word distribution over the text in the manuscript is comparable with that of real human languages. He admitted that there are many unanswered questions and insists there is a story behind the text.

Based on the Zipf’s law, a practical law formulated using mathematical statistics, it was discovered that the Voynich text recent research, resulting from some kind of statistical process can be drastically reduced On the other hand, there is an informal support given to the hoax theory based on the artificial words, which are similar to those of the Voynich language.

Repeated failures of finding anything noteworthy in the past have led to claims that the Voynich book is nothing more than a hoax. The breakthrough by Dr Montemurro of unraveling the mysterious manuscript has not convinced to many people that the mystery can be solved.

The new study does not solve the mystery yet. The new research will in all probability result in a leading of high informative progress, which delves into the deciphering of the world’s most medieval mysterious manuscript.

Written by Laura Oneale