The world’s most mysterious book – Stephen Bax


Deep inside Yale University’s Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies the only copy of a 240-page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its vellum pages features
looping handwriting and hand-drawn images seemingly
stolen from a dream. Real and imaginary plants, floating castles, bathing women, astrology diagrams, zodiac rings, and suns and moons with faces
accompany the text. This 24×16 centimeter book
is called the Voynich manuscript, and its one of history’s biggest
unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says. The name comes from Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish bookseller who came across
the document at a Jesuit college in Italy in 1912. He was puzzled. Who wrote it? Where was it made? What do these bizarre words
and vibrant drawings represent? What secrets do its pages contain? He purchased the manuscript from
the cash-strapped priest at the college, and eventually brought it to the U.S., where experts have continued to puzzle
over it for more than a century. Cryptologists say the writing has all
the characteristics of a real language, just one that no one’s ever seen before. What makes it seem real is that
in actual languages, letters and groups of letters appear
with consistent frequencies, and the language in the Voynich manuscript has patterns you wouldn’t find
from a random letter generator. Other than that, we know little more
than what we can see. The letters are varied
in style and height. Some are borrowed from other scripts,
but many are unique. The taller letters have been named
gallows characters. The manuscript is
highly decorated throughout with scroll-like embellishments. It appears to be written by two
or more hands, with the painting done
by yet another party. Over the years, three main theories
about the manuscript’s text have emerged. The first is that it’s written in cypher, a secret code deliberately designed
to hide secret meaning. The second is that the document is a hoax written in gibberish to make money
off a gullible buyer. Some speculate the author
was a medieval con man. Others, that it was Voynich himself. The third theory is that the manuscript
is written in an actual language, but in an unknown script. Perhaps medieval scholars were attempting
to create an alphabet for a language that was spoken
but not yet written. In that case, the Voynich manuscript
might be like the rongorongo script invented on Easter Island, now unreadable after the culture
that made it collapsed. Though no one can read
the Voynich manuscript, that hasn’t stopped people from guessing
what it might say. Those who believe the manuscript
was an attempt to create a new form of written language speculate that it might be an encyclopedia containing the knowledge
of the culture that produced it. Others believe it was written by
the 13th century philosopher Roger Bacon, who attempted to understand
the universal laws of grammar, or in the 16th century by the
Elizabethan mystic John Dee, who practiced alchemy and divination. More fringe theories that the book was
written by a coven of Italian witches, or even by Martians. After 100 years of frustration, scientists have recently shed a little
light on the mystery. The first breakthrough
was the carbon dating. Also, contemporary historians have
traced the provenance of the manuscript back through Rome and Prague
to as early as 1612, when it was perhaps passed
from Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to his physician, Jacobus Sinapius. In addition to these
historical breakthroughs, linguistic researchers recently proposed
the provisional identification of a few of the manuscript’s words. Could the letters beside these seven
stars spell Tauran, a name for Taurus, a constellation that includes the seven
stars called the Pleiades? Could this word be Centaurun
for the Centaurea plant in the picture? Perhaps, but progress is slow. If we can crack its code,
what might we find? The dream journal of
a 15th-century illustrator? A bunch of nonsense? Or the lost knowledge
of a forgotten culture? What do you think it is?

100 Comments

  1. Everything bizarre things only happened to b in USA..
    The thanos, Avengers, area 51 and this book also…etc.
    It's a bizarre fact😂

  2. I personally think that the book is talking about cannabis and how you could grow it but the perfect timing to grow so on and so forth

  3. It's been translated, it's written in an old Turkish script, it's a cookbook if I remember correctly. This is the video explaining it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6keMgLmFEk Also if you're skeptical because that video is from a year ago here is there update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTTRsrzndTY There is also a news piece, its in Turkish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aEFFCVhkpM

  4. I just created a random alphabet made from random shapes and squiggles. I'm going to create a manuscript and bury it somewhere remote. In the far future, it's gonna trip them out. I'm going to reincarnate as a bug so I can chill on the wall during my manuscripts unearthing.

    Can't wait!

  5. I've heard an idea that the Voynich manuscript was actually created by a group of women who were practicing herbal medicine. But in fear of being labeled as a "witch" or "un-pure", the women made up a language and then passed the book around to help other women treat themselves and their family. I find this plausible.

  6. I have known about this manuscript since I was around ten or eleven, passing the time on the internet and searching real life mysteries and some legends from the world.

    Oh, how would I love to live the revelation! I think that it's probably a compendium of scientifical information written in code. Given how science wasn't very science-y in medieval times, it would not surprise me that the scrib wrote of things he heard.

    I would be delighted if one day I could time travel to the places where things happened, and while I won't be able to interfere, at least I would know about the Tamman Shud case and other unsolved murders, find about the languages that were lost, see and read lost pieces of art, and discover everything there's ever been.

  7. I think it was 15th century geeks having fun. JRR Tolkien created his own language and culture for his Lord of the Rings books, I bet this is something similar. I feel like it's similar to a cross between JRR Tolkien making up his own language, and the Codex Seraphinus, a coffee table book published in 1981 by an Italian artist who wanted to recreate the feeling he remembered having as a child before he learned to read.

  8. I do not lnow how but i can read every word in that manuscript. It is knowledge. Alot of it. One part says that a plant has healing properties unseen by man.

  9. This manuscript is 24×16, that is the change in time..from 24hrs a Day to 16hrs a Day when Earth is on the plane with Sun, the manuscript images also reflect the unnatural cycles of Earth around the Sun.

  10. The "TEXT" is not text IMO. I will post a video today explaining my opinion in greater detail on my ET art YT channel.

  11. The illustrations could be of hallucinogenic visions….and the MS a collection of recipes telling folks how to get totally off their faces.

  12. It's been translated. It's written in a mixture of arabic and Latin. The plants have also been identified. Ivy, violet, acanthus to name just a few.

  13. I think the mystery of the book has been solved. The code is based on Dutch and the book is a collection of info on herbs and medicine I believe. There's a video explaining it.

  14. What if someone went back from the future with this book, and forgot to bring said notebook with him back to his time

    My inner nerd..–

  15. Thank you for this video! Now it's gonna haunt me for ever what this book is all about!… And also if Atlantis really existed… There are just too many mysteries in this world!

  16. Once upon a time, an educated man was suffering from extreme boredom, since he had nothing to do.

    One day, he decided he would play a joke on the world, by writing a most unusual book.

  17. If you read this come once in your life to tell you this once make it clear make it smart the answer you seek is something underneath Something hidden for since humanity started. Last to say is AGARTHA

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