Claims of ‘cracking the code’ of the Voynich manuscript have lost their sheen somewhat over the last few years, with weak cases being presented from all and sundry. This attempt, described confidently in a research paper and presented in a press release by a UK university seems to have solid backing.
The press release from University of Bristol in South West England promotes a paper that reveals the secret language of the Voynich manuscript has finally been understood. One of their associate researchers has published the paper with the solution to the mystery. If validated (and it has already been peer reviewed) this means he has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed – by cracking the code of the ‘world’s most mysterious text’, the Voynich manuscript.
It seems there was no ‘code’ to crack as such, just an extinct and previously unknown language to recognize, plus a lot of abbreviations and some complicated diphthongs.
The report seems very confident, but so have claims before. This time it appears to have strong academic backing.