So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” | Ars Technica


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Librarians would have "rebutted it in a heartbeat," says medieval scholar.
Last week, a history researcher and television writer named Nicholas Gibbs published a long article in the Times Literary Supplement about how he'd cracked the code on the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. Unfortunately, say experts, his analysis was a mix of stuff we already knew and stuff he couldn't possibly prove.
As soon as Gibbs' article hit the Internet, news about it spread rapidly through social media (we covered it at Ars too), arousing the skepticism of cipher geeks and scholars alike. As Harvard's Houghton Library curator of early modern books John Overholt put it on Twitter, "We're not buying this Voynich thing, right?" Medievalist Kate Wiles, an editor at History Today, replied, "I've yet to see a medievalist who does. Personally I object to his interpretation of abbreviations."
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” | Ars Technica
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10 weeks ago by jackysee
RT : Well, it was a fun two, maybe three days max for the "hooray, it's been solved!" contingent
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10 weeks ago by miaridge
So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” Too good to be true.
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10 weeks ago by nwhyte
Last week, a history researcher and television writer named Nicholas Gibbs published a long article in the Times Literary Supplement about how he'd cracked the code on the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago by Werderbach
boo.
The idea that the book is a medical treatise on women's health, however, might turn out to be correct. But that wasn't Gibbs' discovery. Many scholars and amateur sleuths had already reached that conclusion, using the same evidence that Gibbs did. Essentially, Gibbs rolled together a bunch of already-existing scholarship and did a highly speculative translation, without even consulting the librarians at the institute where the book resides. Gibbs said in the TLS article that he did his research for an unnamed "television network." Given that Gibbs' main claim to fame before this article was a series of books about how to write and sell television screenplays, it seems that his goal in this research was probably to sell a television screenplay of his own. In 2015, Gibbs did an interview where he said that in five years, "I would like to think I could have a returnable series up and running." Considering the dubious accuracy of many History Channel "documentaries," he might just get his wish.
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10 weeks ago by jm
Too good to be true.
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10 weeks ago by nwlinks
Recent article about the manuscript being decoded is junk
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10 weeks ago by nelson
So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” https://t.co/5ml59kYEP5 by @annaleen

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10 weeks ago by mikelynch
Librarians would have "rebutted it in a heartbeat," says medieval scholar.
10 weeks ago by jokela
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10 weeks ago by akmassey
Experts are extremely dubious about the Voynich “solution” – Feedbin Starred Entries for toph.allen@gmail.com
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10 weeks ago by toph
Peer review in science is wonderful: So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution”
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10 weeks ago by nigeljames
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10 weeks ago by valtyr
A good illustration of how the Internet and social media undermine our ability to thoughtfully assess the validity of claims. Whether or not something is true, well-supported or even reasonable has almost nothing to do with the attention that it receives.
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10 weeks ago by ajarmst
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10 weeks ago by Fallingbadgers
RT : The Voynich rebuttals
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10 weeks ago by briantrice