The Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious book in the world. Spanish edition of the publisher Sirio, Málaga, 2013.
Rustic binding with flaps. Format 17.5 x 24 cm. 270 pages. Includes the complete photographic edition of the original manuscript.
In the spring of 1912, the merchant of ancient books Wilfrid Voynich met, near Rome, with a manuscript that looked like a medieval grimoire, written in a strange language that, to this day, nobody has been able to decipher. During the last hundred years, its text has been exhaustively analyzed by scientists, linguists and specialists in cryptology, both civil and military, but all in vain. The alphabet used remains unidentified and the content of the book remains a mystery.
A century of failures has fueled the theory that the book is nothing more than an elaborate deception, a random sequence of symbols without any meaning. However, it complies exactly with Zipf’s law, according to which the frequency of occurrence of the different words that form a language follows rigid rules, appearing the word most often used exactly twice as many times as the frequency used. , triple the next and so on. This law, promulgated in the 1940s by the linguist George K. Zipf, of Harvard University, is fulfilled in all known languages. It is not probable that the author of the Voynich manuscript knew the law of Zipf, enunciated many centuries later, and therefore, that he applied it to a language invented by him.
One of the most recent theories about this mysterious book is presented by Dr. Edith Sherwood, according to which it would be a work of Leonardo da Vinci, made when he was eight or nine years old. Dr. Sherwood shows the similarity between the writing of the manuscript and that of the child Leonardo, which is preserved in other documents. Hidden in the illustrations of the book are numerous signatures with the word “Vinci”, in the style of those that appear in other works by Leonardo. In one of the drawings are some buildings that could be those of the town of Vinci, as well as a quadrangular castle with bifurcated battlements. Curiously, the only castle of these characteristics that exists in all of northern and central Italy is very close to the town of Vinci. In one of the pages of astrological theme, Dr. Sherwood even identifies the date of Leonardo’s birth, appearing in the center of the drawing in question a word that, with the help of a mirror, clearly shows his name (the great hobby is known that Leonardo da Vinci had for the specular writing). There are so many details that point to the possibility that Leonardo da Vinci was the author of the mysterious book, that an investigation is necessary.
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