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By Lawrence Goldstone, Nancy Goldstone

A compulsively readable account of the main mysterious manuscript on the earth, one who has stumped the world’s maximum students and codebreakers.

The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious tome came across in 1912 through the English e-book broker Wilfrid Michael Voynich, has wondered students for a century. A small six inches by means of 9 inches, yet over 200 pages lengthy, with strange illustrations of crops, astrological diagrams, and bare ladies, it truly is written in so indecipherable a language and comprises so complex a code that mathematicians, ebook creditors, linguists, and historians alike haven't begun to resolve the mysteries contained inside. despite the fact that, in The Friar and the Cipher, the acclaimed bibliophiles and historians Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone describe, in interesting aspect, the speculation that Roger Bacon, the famous thirteenth-century, pre-Copernican astronomer, was once its writer and that the complicated alphabet used to be written in his hand. alongside the best way, they clarify the numerous proposed suggestions that students have placed forth and the myriad makes an attempt at labeling the manuscript's content material, from Latin or Greek shorthand to Arabic numerals to historic Ukrainian to a recipe for the elixir of existence to reliable out of date gibberish. As we trip throughout centuries, languages, and international locations, we meet a solid of impassioned characters and case-crackers, together with, after all, Bacon, whose personal own clinical contributions, Voynich writer or no longer, have been actually and figuratively astronomical.

The Friar and the Cipher is a superbly interesting and traditionally wide-ranging publication that's one half The Code Book, one half Possession, and one half The Da Vinci Code—and will attract bibliophiles and laypeople alike.

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