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The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

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#65068 by @ 23.01.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

The ancient text has no known title, no known author,
and is written in no known language:
what does it say and why does it have many astronomy illustrations?

The mysterious book was once bought by an
emperor, forgotten on a library shelf,
sold for thousands of dollars, and later donated to

Possibly written in the 15th century,
the over 200-page volume is known most recently as the
Voynich Manuscript, after its (re-)discoverer in 1912.

Pictured above is an illustration from
the book that appears to be somehow related to the Sun.

The book
labels some patches of the sky with unfamiliar constellations.

The inability of modern historians
of astronomy
to understand the origins of these constellations is perhaps dwarfed by the inability of
modern code-breakers to understand
the book's text.

Can the eclectic brain trust of
APOD readers make any progress?

If you think you can provide any insight, instead of
sending us email please participate in an
online discussion.

The book itself remains in
Yale's rare book collection under catalog number "MS 408."

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#65070 by @ 23.01.2005 00:28 - nach oben -
aaah LSD im 15. jahrhundert
#65314 by @ 24.01.2005 18:58 - nach oben -
isch no interessant was alles drinstoht