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Mon 16 Oct 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Floribus campis Coeli
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Sun 15 Oct 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

f77v: Cassiopeia
If certain folios of Quire 13 feature the Greco-Roman constellations portrayed by nude women, then surely female constellations are easier to spot? In this post, we have a look at Cassiopeia and Andromeda.
Fri 13 Oct 2017
Koen Gheuens

Reading [the] script: inscribe and DigiPal
http://www.digipal.eu/blog/inscribe-training-platform-for-palaeography-and-manuscript-studies/ “More often than not, the exploration of the codex as an archaeological artefact helps one to better understand its origin, provenance and even its very raison-d’etre” – from the Introduction ” The PAL is a Platform Abstraction Layer that is used in a variety of projects. The PAL allows for easy compatibility between many different flavors of … Continue reading "Reading ....
Wed 11 Oct 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

The Pathology of Voynich Priority…
Diane O’Donovan has recently commented (here and elsewhere) and posted a number of times (on her own blog) about the priority of various Voynich ideas. For any given Voynich idea, who was first to mention, conceive, propose, argue, or even (puts tin hat on head and ducks) form it into a Voynich theory outlined in … Read More → The post The Pathology of Voynich Priority… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 10 Oct 2017
Nick Pelling

A History of Voynich ideas/An idea of Voynich history
I’ve just edited a post from 2015 to list on that page in order, the sequence of posts ( in three series) which I  published through 2014-15 as I was hunting out the history of Voynich studies to answer a most pressing question: To whom should we attribute first proof of those various things everywhere … Continue reading "A History of Voynich ideas/An idea of Voynich history"
Sun 08 Oct 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

A History of Voynich ideas/An idea of Voynich history (de-clunked)
Through 2014-15  I wrote three series in which I  traced the history of Voynich studies. These posts were ones I was driven to research, out of pure frustration that it was apparently impossible to discover  who had first asserted or argued a given ‘Voynich fact’ or where one might read and evaluate that idea’s first … Continue reading "A History of Voynich ideas/An idea of Voynich history (de-clunked)"
Sun 08 Oct 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

merely as a matter of form
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Wed 04 Oct 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

A cabinet book to die for (literally)…
I thought I’d share this online article on a curious 17th century cabinet book. Though it contains no cipher, its secret contents would definitely have been a surprise: The (almost all poisonous) substances its eleven hidden drawers contain include: * henbane * opium poppy * monkshood (wolf’s bane) * Cicuta Virosa * Byronia Alba * … Read More → The post A cabinet book to die for (literally)… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 30 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

Zodiac Killer Z340, transposition patterns, and homophone cycles…
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Thu 28 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

Length of [e] Sequences
The character [e] is one of only two characters in the Voynich script which is regularly found repeated. Both [ee] and [eee] occur enough times to be valid sequences. As all three typically occur in the same position within words, they can be generically thought of as ‘[e] sequences’ filling a specific structural slot. Although […]
Wed 27 Sep 2017
Emma Smith

Using t-distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (TSNE) to cluster folios
For this attack we’ll use the Takeshi EVA transcription to count the number of times each glyph appears on each folio. This gives us a vector of probabilities for each glyph, for each folio – the vectors are 24 long, as there are 24 EVA glyphs in the alphabet. For example, here is the probability […]
Tue 26 Sep 2017
Voynich Attacks

Reading (and translating!) blog feeds via RSS…
For a while, I got into the habit of picking up Voynich-related blog updates via voynich.ninja’s convenient Blogosphere Reader. However, I always knew that this was icing rather than cake (i.e. it wasn’t really the right way to do it), and that I should instead get round to configuring my own RSS feed reader to … Read More → The post Reading (and translating!) blog feeds via RSS… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 24 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

Reading (and translating!) RSS feeds…
For a while, I got into the habit of picking up Voynich-related blog updates via voynich.ninja’s convenient Blogosphere Reader. However, I always knew that this was icing rather than cake (i.e. it wasn’t really the right way to do it), and that I should instead get round to configuring my own RSS feed reader to … Read More → The post Reading (and translating!) RSS feeds… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 24 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

Zodiac Killer Z340, letter skips, and a three-way line dance?
I’ve had the Zodiac Killer Z340 cipher on my mind for the last few days. Though I’m still finding it hard not to draw the conclusion that its top and bottom halves are two different ciphertexts (joined together for reason(s) we can only hazily guess at), what has drawn so much of my attention is … Read More → The post Zodiac Killer Z340, letter skips, and a three-way line dance? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 23 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

A Helping Hand
What Can Hands Tell Us? When I was creating a VMS transcript, I noticed immediately the change in handwriting partway through the big-plants section on folio 26r. It was not just scribal haste or fatigue—the spacing, rhythm, and slant were different, as were some of the letter forms. It was clearly the same style of […]
Fri 22 Sep 2017
J.K. Petersen

“Per herbum ad astra”
Like it is.. like it is…   … per herbum ad astra.         Advertisements Filed under: Voynich manuscript
Fri 22 Sep 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

‘Dispensatories’ and related – by request
POSTS published at voynichimagery with tag/category ‘Dispensatories’. 2013 ‘Hypothetically’, (June 22nd., 2013) – not available to the public at present. ‘The Language Elephant’ (June 23nd., 2013) ‘ “In these same characters” – Pt.2′ (Aug. 30th., 2013) 2015 ‘Barsch’s “virum bonum” and Theriac’  (Feb. 20th., 2015) 2016 ‘The Voynich “albarello” – deconstructing a phantom. Pt ....
Thu 21 Sep 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Vox piece on the Voynich Manuscript…
Here’s a link to a nice little piece on the Voynich Manuscript that came out today in classy American online magazine Vox. Though clearly triggered by Nicholas Gibbs’ recent TLS non-theory, the article steers well clear of presenting it (or indeed anything else) as a Voynich solution or explanation – and praise be to the … Read More → The post Vox piece on the Voynich Manuscript… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 18 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

Janus Pairs
The Theme of Duality You may have noticed pairing in the VMS… double crayfish, two sheets each of “Aries” and “Taurus”, 2 x 2 sets of 17 on the page that looks like a code wheel, but have you looked for pairing in the text? In a previous post I introduced a group of glyphs […]
Sun 17 Sep 2017
J.K. Petersen

Types of [qo] Triplets
My last two posts were about the relative frequencies of words prefixed with [o] and [qo]. Although there is some interesting information in those posts I don’t feel that it is well presented. After having examined and sorted the statistics again I want to propose a neater way of thinking about these words. The core […]
Sun 17 Sep 2017
Emma Smith

What can we say about [q]?
I want to quickly sum up my last three posts to give my opinion on [q]. We already know that it doesn’t often occur in labels, but does so in the main text. We also know that it occurs almost always at the start of a word and before [o]. I think what I have […]
Sun 17 Sep 2017
Emma Smith

The last page f116v revisited
I would like to revisit the last page of the Voynich manuscript, namely f116v. Here below I reproduce the proposed analysis offered by Johannes Albus at the Voynich 100 conference in Italy in May 2012. One reason for reproducing it here is that it seems to me relatively unknown. I have tried to find out … Read more »
Sun 17 Sep 2017
Stephen Bax

Rosette Map with Prefix Key
Sat 16 Sep 2017
Claudette Cohen

“Somerton Beach” by Jerkcurb…
I’ve had a dissatisfying, rubbish day today: but given that every day I’ve previously had that involved some kind of interaction with Stephen Bax had been a bad day, perhaps there should be no element of surprise involved. Bax To The Future In the case of the Voynich Manuscript, there are at least ten reasonable … Read More → The post “Somerton Beach” by Jerkcurb… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 16 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

The Voynich: lost language theory
One possible explanation of the Voynich manuscript’s mysterious script and underlying language – a view which I find plausible – is that the script was devised for a particular community, possibly to write down an already existing language, and then that script was lost to us, with the exception of the Voynich manuscript. Just such an … Read more »
Fri 15 Sep 2017
Stephen Bax

Footnote to Pelling’s comment of 2002
Almost fifteen years ago, in a post written to the first mailing list (Tue, 24 Sep 2002 12:34:03 +0100) Nick Pelling wrote: David A. King's book "The Ciphers of The Monks" describes a number of ciphers which (he postulates) come from a mostly-lost Ancient Greek cipher, through the Basingstoke cipher and John of Tilbury, to … Continue reading "Footnote to Pelling’s comment of 2002"
Thu 14 Sep 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

The Baths of Puteolanis
A Blast in the Past In my previous blog, I mentioned that in 2008 I had studied Naples as a possible inspiration for the Voynich rosettes, but didn’t realize until years later that it was connected to the Baths of Puteolanis (or that this ancient spa had been suggested as a parallel to the balneological […]
Wed 13 Sep 2017
J.K. Petersen

Zodiac Killer alive and graffiti-ing in Cyprus…?
Here’s the evidence that the Zodiac Killer is alive and busy with a spray can in Cyprus, visual documentary evidence to which only the most obtuse could possibly object: And if you think that’s the most ridiculous and/or foolish cipher theory you’ve encountered in the last seven days, you obviously haven’t been paying much attention. … Read More → The post Zodiac Killer alive and graffiti-ing in Cyprus…? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 12 Sep 2017
Nick Pelling

Does Size Matter?
Dimensional Comparison René Zandbergen posted an interesting diagram a year ago on the Voynichninja forum that illustrates the Voynich Manuscript dimensions as they compare to other documents. The VMS is listed as 225mm x 160mm (note that there are also larger foldouts), and is quite small compared to some of the other volumes. It’s a […]
Sun 10 Sep 2017
J.K. Petersen

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