Cracking the Voynich Cipher

The paper Cracking the Voynich Cipher was published October 2021. It proposes a decoding of the Voynich Cipher.

The decoding is tested in the plant section of the manuscript. It reveals 104 plant names which are all found as one of the first words in each herbal text. The names found lead to plants with the same characteristics as the Voynich illustrations, and the names are closely related to vernacular plant names used in medieval England.

The Voynich manuscript is said to be the most mysterious manuscript in the world. For centuries numerous amateurs and professionals have tried to decrypt its text.

My studies have since October 2022 been collected in the site: https://crackingthevoynichcipher.com

To read the paper from October 2021 it is necessary to download the font EVA Hand A. It is free for personal use.
https://fontzone.net/font-details/voynich-eva-hand-ai.


HUMMING

My study of the Voynich manuscript started as a part of my ongoing sculpture project HummingHumming refers to songs without words, the sound of flying insects, or the dark and unperceivable hum from the Big Bang. The project was meant to explore how we experience reality without words. To me, the Voynich manuscript felt to be wordless with its unreadable text. The strange illustrations extended the limits for my imagination about how the world could be understood. 

The first time I saw an illustration from the Voynich manuscript was when I researched plant illustrations for Humming. The The first time I saw an illustration from the Voynich manuscript was when I researched plant illustrations for Humming. The illustration showed a plant which was totally strange and unidentifiable. At the same time, it was also familiar. I found it to be highly original, drawn with a free hand, and shaped with a lively and strong character. The text surrounding the plant was like a beautiful hum. 

I got caught by an intense and enduring curiosity about the world view the Voynich artist possessed. What kind of relation did the artist have to the plants? What knowledge of the plants did she or he possess? And why were they drawn this way? 

By time, the visual content of the manuscript got more and more familiar to me. I learned the forms of the plants, and the forms of the cipher, the shapes of the words, their spaces, their rhythms. After three years of visual studies, what started out as an exploration of a wordless existence, backfired. I found myself obsessed by and determined to find the meaning behind the words

Sculpture from Humming, marble and birch, 2021.

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