For centuries scholars have tried to unlock the secrets of an ancient book, known as the “Voynich manuscript”. According to those who have studied the manuscript, it practically anticipates many of the discoveries of modern science, making it an extremely sacred and mysterious book.
The story regarding the Voynich manuscript is actually fascinating. In 1912, a seller of rare books from New York named Wilfred M. Voynich returned to his hometown from a trip to Europe with a small manuscript that was carefully packaged. The relatively small book had thick parchment covers separated due to the use and out of the 204 sheets of thin parchment; Voynich estimated that it originally had 28 pages more that were lost in time. The manuscript measures about 15cm by 22 cm. The text was written in black ink with tight characters, and was illustrated with more than 400 small drawings in red, blue, yellow, brown and bright green color.
It was a truly fascinating manuscript that has illustrations of curious arabesques and tubes resembling intestines, nude female figurines, stars, constellations and depictions of hundreds of strange looking planets. The scroll, calligraphy and known history indicated that the Voynich manuscript might have originated in medieval times. It has an abundance of plant specimens, which would suggest that it might in fact be a herbarium, half scientific held magical where mystical qualities of plants and their preparation were described. But all of the information regarding the Voynich manuscript are mere guesses since the manuscript itself is written in a language which Voynich, the one who brought the book from Europe could not understand nor identify. Even though the text could have been decomposed in words, whose letters were partially familiar , these made no sense at all. Voynich could only assume that they were written in an unfamiliar language, a dialect or a code.
Although Voynich was not an cryptologist, he had, indirectly, some knowledge of symbolism. His father was Professor George Boole, English mathematician who was one of the first to use mathematical symbols to express logical processes; Professor Bole was selected as a member for the Royal Society for his work on modern symbolics logic.
Voynich had several theories as to the origin and mysterious author of the manuscript. Voynich believed he had enough compelling circumstantial evidence to suggest that the author of the strange work he acquired was Roger Bacon, a thirteenth century Franciscan monk who had combined studies in philosophy, mathematics, physics and experimental alchemy. It was possible that Bacon invented a system of symbols 600 years before Professor Boole. The system of symbols might have been developed as a code to camouflage his investigations regarding the philosophical stone and the elixir of life, thus avoiding charges of practicing black Magic, an accusation with fatal consequences in the Middle Ages.
The theories are endless, the answers are almost nonexistent but the Voynich manuscript is possibly a Pandora box according to many researchers.