Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Nick Pelling – a response

Nick Pelling’s account – a response
In a very entertaining and stylish review, Nick Pelling recently devoted space to my Voynich paper, so let me offer a response. I’ll address it to him, as I feel that is more courteous than hiding behind academic third persons!
Nick, for the record I love your blog. It’s the best …

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Minims (2) and their importance in the Voynich script

Following my earlier post about minims – which you should read before reading this one – I now want to extend the debate to suggest that this area could have a major impact on our understanding of the Voynich script and signs.
Let’s start with a quiz: Look at these five signs and groups and try …

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Minims in mediaeval orthography (1)

While thinking about  the sequences of ‘i’ letters in the Voynich manuscript, I came across this interesting account of minims in Latin script from a Harvard website:
Minims
Medieval scribes used minims to form letters. A single minim looks like this:

Several minims can make up a single letter, or even a group of letters. In particular, minims are …

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Voynich: natural language or not? (1)

I’ve had many encouraging comments about my paper on the Voynich script, but also some puzzling ones.
Some people insist that the analysis “couldn’t be possible”, so they don’t bother to consider it, because the script “couldn’t represent a 1:1 mapping” onto real words, or the signs “couldn’t represent a 1:1 mapping” onto letters. Therefore they …

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Why the Voynich manuscript is not a hoax (part 1)

Some people consider that the Vm is a hoax, created perhaps by a sort of grille. I think I’ve answered that comprehensively in my paper, by showing that it can’t possibly be a hoax, as it contains real semantic content.  But in any case, why on earth would anyone waste their time on creating a …

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Voynich manuscript

This section of the website looks at my research into the fascinating Voynich manuscript, the 15th century document which has as yet been completely undeciphered.

 
Click on the menu above to find a paper on a partial decoding of the script, as well as a video showing informally what I am trying to do.