Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Dated to Early Renaissance

The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book that has been described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript".because the author, script, and language are unknown. Scientists say they have carbon-dated the manuscript to the early Renaissance.
Scientists have carbon-dated the Voynich manuscript, a puzzling and beautiful document covered in botanical and scientific drawings. Named for the Polish-American bookseller who acquired it in 1912, its undeciphered text and purported 15th-16th century origins have long been a matter of controversy. So just how old is it?

According to the University of Arizona, the sample was dated to between 1404 and 1438, making it older than previously thought; it predates the Gutenberg bible, printed in 1453. Read more

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