A linguist at a university in England believes that he has deciphered the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. The infamous, centuries-old book containing seemingly coded text has been a source of frustration for scholars since it first came to the attention of the public in the early 1900s. Since that time countless code breakers, academics, and armchair researchers have tried their hand at determining precisely what the manuscript says, but no one has yet to definitively come up with a solution.
Dr. Gerard Cheshire of the University of Bristol is the latest individual to step forward with the rather bold claim of having cracked the Voynich Manuscript after working on the project for just two weeks. In a newly-published paper, the research assistant contends that he accomplished this feat using "some ingenuity and lateral thinking." To that end, Cheshire reportedly marveled that "I experienced a series of 'eureka' moments whilst deciphering the code, followed by a sense of disbelief and excitement when I realized the magnitude of the achievement."
More on this intriguing story, including how some experts are skeptical of Cheshire's work, at the Coast to Coast AM website.