By Lawrence Goldstone, Nancy Goldstone

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

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or Greek shorthand to Arabic numerals to historical Ukrainian to a recipe for the elixir of lifestyles to reliable outdated gibberish.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

The Friar and the Cipher is a perfectly pleasing and traditionally wide-ranging ebook 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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