Show Notes: Voynich Manuscript (Update)

Tracy Wilson

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

It's our third in a series of three updates! This time, we're updating an episode from just over a year ago, after Holly and I joined the podcast. The Voynich Manuscript is a very old and mysterious document full of odd pictures and indecipherable, swirly writing. And in the first months of 2014, two completely different teams announced two completely different breakthroughs using two completely different methodologies, with two completely different sets of results.

According to Arthur Tucker and Rexford H. Talbert, the manuscript is probably in an extinct dialect of a Mexican indigenous language known as Nahuatl. According to Stephen Bax, it's probably an Asian language, in code.

This is why we didn't respond to all the excited "They've cracked it!" tweets and Facebook messages we got with equal delight and exuberance.

Barring something truly unforeseen, we will be back to new episodes on new topics next week!

Download link: Voynich Manuscript update

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