Scientists have managed to decipher the beginning of the mysterious Voynich manuscript

Scientists have managed to decipher the beginning of the mysterious Voynich manuscript


The mysterious Voynich Manuscript, created by an unknown author, presumably in the first half of the XV century vexed scientists for many years. This illustrated 240-page Codex written in an unknown language and contains images of previously unknown plants and celestial bodies. Professional cryptographers, including employees of the British and American intelligence services, has long struggled to decipher what is written in the manuscript. And now, it seems, for the first time, scientists were lucky.

Experts from the canadian University of Alberta brought to the task of deciphering the manuscript artificial intelligence. This algorithm was previously tested on the translation of the universal Declaration of human rights, translated into 380 languages, and he demonstrated 97% accuracy of determination of the document language. In the case of manuscript task was significantly more complicated: it uses a cipher that includes changing the order of the letters in the words, and omitting vowels. Artificial intelligence after a careful study of the document came to the conclusion that it was written in Hebrew.

The first sentence of the Voynich Manuscript has already been translated, and it reads as follows: “She gave advice to the priest, the head of the house, me and my people.” The text also frequently encountered the word “farmer”, “light”, “air” and “fire.” Canadian experts agreed that to further the work efforts of only one artificial intelligence will not be enough. Will need the help of Hebrew scholars, professional cryptographers, and experienced historians. Earlier work on the manuscript was involved the CIA and the NSA, but they failed to unravel its mystery.

The Voynich manuscript includes six large sections: Botanical, astronomical, biological, cosmological, pharmaceutical, and prescription. It was named in honor of the dealer Wilfried Voynich, who acquired it in 1912. At the moment manuscript it is in the library of rare books Beinecke Yale University. Some scientists are extremely skeptical about the manuscript and think that it’s just someone’s clever hoax. According to the results of radiocarbon Dating it was established that the manuscript was written between 1404 and 1438 years in the early Renaissance.