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The Voynich Manuscript: The Mysterious Code That Has Defied Interpretation for Centuries (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. August 2006

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  • Taschenbuch: 292 Seiten
  • Verlag: Inner Traditions; Auflage: First North Ame. (28. August 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1594771294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771293
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,3 x 22,9 cm
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"If you think all languages have been deciphered, this manuscript offers up a challenge--and provides unique symbols leading to the possibility that it's a lost alchemical work." (Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch, Dec 2006)

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Gerry Kennedy is a freelance writer and has produced a number of BBC Radio 4 programs, including one on the Voynich Manuscript in 2001. Rob Churchill is a professional writer who has written scripts for many production companies, including the BBC and Thames Television. Both authors were consultants for the BBC/Mentorn Films documentary The Voynich Mystery. They live in London.

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4 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Eduard Zarfl am 2. November 2012
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Kennedy's et al Buch ist eine spannende, wunderbar zu lesende Darstellung der Geschichte des Voynich-Manuskripts und der beteiligten Forscher. Mit viel Empathie werden die (Irr?)wege honoriger Akademiker der verschiedensten Fachbereiche dargestellt, sodaß dieses Buch auch Themen der Wissenschaftsgeschichte und -methode aufwirft. Geschichte des Mittelalters, von den Katharern bis zum dreißig- jährigen Krieg wird so lebendig dargestellt, daß Geschichtslehrer vom Autor abschauen sollten.
Sehr gute photografische Darstellungen des Voynich-Manuskripts selbst lassen die eigene Begeisterung für dieses Werk steigern.
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Disapointed 17. Februar 2011
Von Amberart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Too bad, I was expecting a much better representation of the manuscript. Very few images and most of those are in black and white. I think this book is misrepresented as to its content. As an artist and botanist, I wanted to see the illustrations. However, they are almost totally absent in this book. As to the interpretations of the code...how tedious.

Does anyone know of a publication that includes all of the painting, drawings and calligraphy?
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Interesting stuff... 20. Juli 2008
Von S. K. Harrell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Literary adventurers pounce on the opportunity to become enchanted by mysterious codes, their origins and authors shrouded in secrecy. Such curiosities allow their readers to take up magnifying glasses and burn midnight oil, fancying themselves the one to provide decades-hidden insight. It is with such vigor that one approaches The Voynich Manuscript, by Gerry Kennedy and Rob Churchill. The authors deliver a thorough exploration of a potentially insightful Goddess-oriented manuscript against a paternalistic playground of men attempting to understand and exploit it. To that end, this book is more about the story of the key figures and life around the manuscript, than it is on providing a solid focus on decoding the codex, itself. Found in 1912 by Wilfrid Voynich, the legacy of the manuscript came under public scrutiny, where it remains still. Kennedy learned at the funeral of a family member that Voynich was a distant relative of his. Through that lens the introduction of the text is quite personal, though the book quickly progresses into academic detailing of the manuscript's supposed journey into the present.

Through many conjectures about the linguistic origins of the text and the possible influences of its outlandish astrological and horticultural illustrations, there is still little known about the origins of the manuscript. Cryptologists may enjoy the abundance of chapters devoted to the meticulous methods employed in attempting to decipher the code. More esoteric types may resonate with the scant pages lending it to being a written account of glossolalia (speaking in tongues), or the artful result of medieval mental illness. The authors even give rich exploration to the possibility that the manuscript is a hoax. Whatever impression readers take from the research behind this book about the Voynich Manuscript, without doubt they will have been impressed by the legacy and mystery of its path.
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Fascinating Riddle Within an Enigma 21. Juni 2007
Von Robert Carlberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Voynich manuscript remains one of the most puzzling artifacts handed down to us from antiquity. It is in an unknown language, using an unknown script, and not so much as a word has been successfully translated (though many have tried). It is filled with whimsical illustrations of plants that cannot be identified, stars that do not exist, and astrological diagrams unlike anything seen elsewhere. It is also filled with drawings of naked women cavorting in vessels of green liquid for purposes which cannot be fathomed. The author is unknown, the date is unknown (although figured to be between 1250-1450), and how the manuscript came to be preserved for the past 650 years is also a mystery.

It has been suggested by some researchers, and the authors of this book tentatively agree, that the whole thing might be an elaborate Medieval fake. Yet the sheer magnitude of it -- 272 pages, 211 illustrations, 170,000 characters, all carefully arranged and consistently produced -- would seem to argue against that. Add to that the statistical analysis of the text, which indicates that it probably *is* a legitimate language, and you have a real puzzle on your hands.

Since so little has been gleaned from the manuscript itself, the authors take the reader on a tour through Medieval scholarship, alchemy, astrology, astronomy, religious history and cryptology (since many have speculated it could be in some kind of code). The lives of several of the proposed authors are studied, along with many people who may have had a hand in preserving it. Thus the book is about a lot more than the manuscript itself, and indulges in many fascinating digressions along the way.

In the end, the riddle remains unsolved. The Voynich is probably a minor alchemical text of no particular import, perhaps the last surviving text in this language after the Crusades destroyed nearly 80% of the world's non-Christian libraries. For a fascinating glimpse into the superstitious Medieval world and the learning lost through subsequent winnowing by rampaging zealots, this book offers an excellent read.
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really good book on an ancient, fascinating enigma 11. Mai 2013
Von S.W. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book recently, and I must say I'm impressed. I found it to be very informative. However, I also have to say that it is lacking in the way photos of pages in the MS. The text and the drawings in the MS are discussed, but since the MS is so long and so "illustrated," it's disappointing that so few of the pages in the document are actually shown in this book. But this is still a really good book for what IS in it (or for most of what's in it), in my opinion.

The VMS is one of the most fascinating enigmas (if not THE most fascinating one) that I've become familiar with. Everything about it is mystifying. Who wrote it? Why did they write it? Is it in an "encrypted" natural language, or is it perhaps in a "made-up" language? Just exactly what is the significance of the many plants, of the mostly-naked females, and of the other strange imagery? Is the MS "mystical," or does it have some botanical or medical or religious significance? Do the text and the drawings really even have to do with each other? To this very day, the answers to these questions remain uncertain, though theories abound.

Since the publication of this book, the VMS has been carbon-dated and appears to have been created between 1403-1438, and so it seems unlikely that it's a hoax, as the book several times admits it may be --- and as one of the authors believed (believes?) it was (is?); one thing that's for sure is that it isn't a 20th-Century hoax perpetrated by Wilfrid Voynich himself (or for that matter, by anyone else). Thus, a good bit of what it is in the book is now outdated (most of that stuff is in the last two chapters). But most of it is still "contemporary."

This book discusses many of the theories and "decryptions" that have been put forward, and how they were carried out --- as well as how they were flawed. Probably the best example of a so-called "solution" to the puzzle of the VMS was the very-convoluted one presented by Prof. William Romaine Newbold, who firmly believed, as did Wilfrid Voynich himself, that the MS was the work of Roger Bacon. The best "debunker" in the book is probably Prof. John Mathews Manly, who worked to show that Newbold's "decryption" was wrong.

The book also concerns the many methods of creating ciphers, and their strengths and weaknesses. (A cipher may SEEM "unbreakable" when in fact it's far from it, as the book demonstrates.)

Of all the attempts that have been made to "crack" the MS' "cipher" (if that's even what it truly is), and to figure out how the cipher might have been created in the first place, NONE have produced "results" that are completely respectable, if at all. Could it be that the MS is the product of a "not right" mind, or of someone suffering from migraine hallucinations? Not one "explanation" for the MS seems entirely satisfactory. Perhaps there isn't just one explanation, and there are many different factors at work.

As I said before, I found this book to be very informative. But, in addition to the lack of photos from the VMS, it has some other shortcomings, at least in my opinion. For one thing, on page 152 it says of the MS, "there are no doubled letters." But, earlier, on page 117, in the discussion of James Martin Feely's "Voynichese to Latin" translations of the "Voynichese words" appearing on that page, one of the "Voynichese" letters (the one that looks like a 'c' and that Feely "transcribes" as 'm') clearly appears twice in a row in the words. 'MM' and even 'MMM' also appear in many of Feely's other "transcriptions," and there is one instance of 'NN.' [Edit from Oct.'13: Since I first posted this review, I've realized that there are also many other instances in the book where the same letter shows up twice in a row in Voynichese words!] Inconsistent, unless I've missed something or don't have something straight. And, as someone else pointed out, the authors don't seem to understand alchemy. (I suppose it could well be that the MS was meant as an alchemical experiment.) There were also places where I found the book to be sort of tedious, although it managed to hold my interest nonetheless. (The inclusion of the outdated stuff is a potential problem, as that stuff was still "valid" when the book was published, but at the same time, will fool those who aren't aware of the fact that the MS has been carbon-dated, or of its apparent [approximate] age.)

I must say also that there are a few places in the book that trouble me a bit, for reasons that are rather personal. The authors are apparently atheists who do not believe in the existence of the spiritual world, or in any truly "spiritual" or "psychical" manifestations. I respect those who do not subscribe to any religion and who do not believe in the "spiritual" or the "psychical," and I don't want to argue with any of them here, but to me, the authors' attitude toward these matters is kind of off-putting. I don't doubt that people can and probably have misinterpreted purely "scientific" occurrences as "spiritual"/"psychic"/"divine intervention," but I firmly believe that science cannot account for everything, at least not entirely. But again, I don't want to argue with anyone. I'm not here to shoot anyone because of what they believe or don't believe.

Despite my issues with the book, I really do think it's really good overall!
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Well researched, well written, engaging and thought provoking 2. Juni 2011
Von Cris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A superb overview of the Voynich Mystery, the authors balance the clinical analysis needed with a thought provoking writing style. Opening every possible door and examining each thoroughly before shutting them, only at the end are we left with their own opinions as to what this thing is and what it might mean. From cryptography to psychiatry to theology to in the dirt historical research, every angle is examined. An excellent recitation and discussion of a fascinating mystery.

I would happily buy an updated version detailing recent technical analysis carried out on the manuscript.

From my view, the it's most likely this thing is simply a 15th century hoax related to alchemy- that "science" was infected with hoaxes. But if it's not the significant improvement in computing power in recent years should eventually crack whatever code exists. So hopefully one day we'll know what those plump nymphs were really up to.
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