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It is of course not possible on the evidence discussed in this paper to offer any definitive view as to the
authorship or provenance of the Voynich manuscript. However, given that it appears to encode a
meaningful language, and to constitute, in essence, a treatise concerning the natural world, perhaps to be
communicated to a particular culture
originally posted by: Jekka
First, Cryptography experts have spent decades attempting to decode this, coming from many backgrounds and countries, so the single substitution method is completely out unless you are willing to defend the position that hundreds of analysts, a fair bit of whom likely know Italian and all of whom studied basic cryptography(substitution ciphers are cryptography 101) totally missed that while a random person (whose PhD is impossible to verify in itself, go ahead, look for it, can't even find her dissertation or anything saying where she got it, only source is her adding the three letters to the end of her name) stumbled upon the golden solution.
And Second, experts in any field that are stymied in their efforts to prove that expertise and do their job tend to get frustrated just like everyone else. It is within the realm of possibility that this was a hoax, but as others have stated, this would have been a hoax years and years in the making during a time which one could die from an infected fingernail. Only a fairly well off (financially and scholastically speaking) person could perform such a feat, but with the aforementioned short life span and current financial stability possessed of a person capable of this, the main question is why bother?
Any huckster looking for a quick buck would not devote the energy and time necessary to create this. People have pointed out the poor ink quality and such, but bear in mind, one, ink was not cheap and two, it, like other things can and does degrade over time. This was not a very well preserved piece until fairly recently so degradation is inevitable. So the likelihood of this being an actual hoax is slim, whereas the likelihood of cryptographers being frustrated enough to dismiss it entirely as such because they can't figure it out is a good possibility.
originally posted by: timewalker
a reply to: Hawke
Think of the implications beyond colouring glass. A civilization recipe.
A well guarded Secret indeed! As I said, a catalyst, this book brought me, us places, we never imagined, it makes you thunk.
And for us all, if you have cracked some of this, this is the place to think.