Friday, February 11, 2011

An update on "The World's Most Mysterious Book"

Some months ago I blogged about the Voynich manuscript. Yesterday released a statement saying researchers at the University of Arizona had narrowed the age of the book down to 1404 to 1438, in the early Renaissance.
"While enthusiasts across the world pored over the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious writings ever found – penned by an unknown author in a language no one understands – a research team at the University of Arizona solved one of its biggest mysteries: When was the book made?

Using radiocarbon dating, a team led by Greg Hodgins in the UA's department of physics has found the manuscript's parchment pages date back to the early 15th century, making the book a century older than scholars had previously thought.

This tome makes the "DaVinci Code" look downright lackluster: Rows of text scrawled on visibly aged parchment, flowing around intricately drawn illustrations depicting plants, astronomical charts and human figures bathing in – perhaps – the fountain of youth. At first glance, the "Voynich manuscript" appears to be not unlike any other antique work of writing and drawing."
Read the full article in all its scientific complexity here:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is a novel called "The Source" by Michael Cordy centered on the Voynich Manuscript and it was really interesting read.