clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Monday, December 16, 2013


At left, a page of the Voynich manuscript.

Now resident at Yale, this particular text has been a cryptographer's puzzle for a couple centuries. It's been used as a type of test on occasion.

It is a manuscript created by hand and as such we know quite a bit about it from the pacing of the writing, the care, and the continuous flow of text. We don't know what it says.

I thought it was interesting to present a manuscript which has all the foundations of being a meaningful treatise though its content is almost completely unknown.

The plants depicted are not indisputably identified. The text uses no known alphabet.

Perhaps a jest? Perhaps a draft in need of revision.

Does it read clearly? Does each paragraph do a job? Will a reader understand?

I'm off to craft understandable prose. You should do the same. No Voynich allowed here.

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