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Mystery of Voynich manuscript
Voynich manuscript is one of the most mysterious book in mankind history. It fascinate researchers from many years, but nobody can decipher it. It can hide mysteries about unknown language that was used in Europe in middle ages.
History of Voynich manuscript
Name of this book came from Wilfried Voynich who was American with Polish roots. He was lover and collector of antiques. He bought manuscript from Jesuits in 1912. Some people thing that Voynich falsify the book, but latest researches with radioactive carbon show that Voynich manuscript was written in middle ages. Walter Koehler ,who is researcher from Austria says that book was written between 1404 and 1438 . Main problem with reading is that all information in manuscript ale ciphered. There is a lot of pictures but they do not help.
Content of Voynich manuscript
Voynich manuscript have 136 pages and a leather-bound. To this day only 120 pages survive. The pages are 6x9 inches (about 15x22,5 cm). It is written in unknown language. Author is also unknown. Static analyses shows that language used in book have characteristic of nature language. In book author write about herbals, astronomy, biology, cosmology, pharmaceutics and recipes. On each page there is a plant or herb. It also shows planets and zodiac signs and naked women holding stars. Some pictures show human organs and others describe something like map. There is also picture of objects used in apothecary. Some pages are market with little star or flower and they describe recipes. Researchers think that main topic of manuscript is state of medicine in middle ages.
Is it real?
Some people thing that Voynich fabricate the manuscript, but also researches with carbon and other documents from time when Voynich discover the manuscript shows that it is real. This book shows that level of knowledge in middle ages was very high and disciplines like medicine and astrology were develop since then. Also language used to wrote this book is very interesting.