Proposed Solution to the Voynich MS
Posted: 07 September 2017 01:15 PM   [ Ignore ]
Administrator
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  6297
Joined  2007-01-03

Sound plausible based on this article alone. But I have no idea whether the solution stands up to scrutiny.

While scribal abbreviations are very common, I’ve never heard of a medieval manuscript that abbreviated every word, but the cropping of mixing up of the folios is quite common.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 07 September 2017 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  3010
Joined  2007-01-30

I have no expertise at all in the ancient and medieval medical works the author describes but this guy clearly knows whereof he writes and knows it in great depth. All I can say is that this is the most convincing explanation that I’ve read (and I’ve read a few) of what the Voynich manuscript is all about. I’d love to see comparative illustrations of, for example, the “oversized doughnut with a hole and a carbuncle attached to its side” of the Voynich MS and the doughnut objects the author found depicted as lodestones in the Ortis Sanitatis as well as text excerpts side by side. Very interesting article indeed!

Profile
 
 
Posted: 07 September 2017 04:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  4491
Joined  2007-01-29

Don’t be so quick to laud.  I’m more convinced by the discussion here.  Summary: what’s new isn’t plausible, what’s plausible isn’t new.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 10 September 2017 05:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRank
Total Posts:  296
Joined  2007-06-14
languagehat - 07 September 2017 04:56 PM

Don’t be so quick to laud.  I’m more convinced by the discussion here.  Summary: what’s new isn’t plausible, what’s plausible isn’t new.

The “here” link is full of fun.

Another set of complaints:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/has-the-voynich-manuscript-really-been-solved/539310/

[ Edited: 10 September 2017 05:59 AM by cuchuflete ]
Profile
 
 
Posted: 10 September 2017 10:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  3010
Joined  2007-01-30

The discussions linked above by lh and cuchuflete provide compelling arguments that not for the first time I’ve rushed to judgment.  Love the illustrations in your link, cuchuflete.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 10 September 2017 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  4491
Joined  2007-01-29

“Frankly I’m a little surprised the TLS published it,” says Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America.

Me too.

Profile
 
 
   
 
 
‹‹ affair      Rupe. ››