Any guesses? Well a recent post on the Mental Floss website by Erin McCarthy, provides a pretty good candidate. The Most Secretive Book in History recounts the story of the Voynich Manuscript, a strange text discovered by London-based book dealer Wilfrid Voynich in 1912. The article describes it as “a bizarre medieval manuscript written in a language no one can read” that “has baffled the world’s best cryptologists, stumped the most powerful code-breaking computers, and been written off as a masterful hoax.” But that just for starters.
Fortunately, Ms. McCarthy’s post recounts the full story – at least up to now! Check it out. It’s well worth the read!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.