Die Antwort der Teutonen

After all the suggestions for the VM which arrived from Russia and France over the last few weeks, with Michael Hadlich it’s now another German VM afficionado’s turn to throw his intellectual hat into the ring, so to speak:

I did a graphical analysis of the words on page f76r (http://www.voynich.nu/q13/index.html#f76). I found it strange that some words are written in different angles even when they stand very close. So I drew a rectangle around each word to see if there are words with same angle:
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/2362/8r8l.png

It seems there are correlations between single words with exact the same angle. I’ll continue with the analysis to find some more relations. My first thought was about a cardan grille. But the letters often have very long ascenders.

Another point is that the words are written not as a whole sentence but letter by letter and word by word. It looks like the author stopped after each word, sometimes after each letter. Only a few letters are connected with ligatures. This is not typical for a natural language and a very inefficient way to write. When you look at the technique the letters are written, you can find that some letters are darker than others. This is due to the fact that one can’t write a lot of letters with this little amount of ink on the feather. BUT: Sometimes you can see phrases in same brightness with just one dark letter in the middle. That’s also very strange. Try to write with a feather and you see what I mean.

I have two possible solutions for the points above:
1) The text is not the original book but a copy from a person who did not understand the content.
2) The text is constucted using a mechanical device, lets say a cardan grille or a wheel as shown on page f57v (http://www.voynich.nu/q08/index.html#f57). What looks like a word is just a symbol for a word in reality. Single “letters” are also symbols for words or numbers.

My guess is the use of a wheel as shown on page f57v. Maybe this wheel is not the one that has been used. It’s possible that the “real” wheel doesn’t exist anymore. But we can try to re-construct it.

Let’s have a look at the wheel on page f57v: Very interesting is the second circle / band (seen from outside). You can see 17 single symbols written once in each quadrant (N/E/S/W). This is the only circle (band) on the whole disc with a double line (key) at NW position. Obviously the disc is a device to set symbols in relation to words. One important question is: what mask (or cardan grille) is used to see the selected word / symbol and how is the wheel turned to point from a small symbol to a word symbol. I guess the mask looks like a disk too but with cutouts at some positions to see “words” and “symbols” thru these holes.

These are just my thougths at the moment about the VMS, and I’m far away from a real solution. But I’ll keep on trying and tell you my findings.

I wanted to reply to Michael’s ideas, but due to my tardiness he has meanwhile apparently assumed that he had to take matters in his own hands, and has subscribed to the Voynich Mailing List, where there now is a lively discussion going on.

Still, I’d like to publish his ideas here, too. Thus, if you don’t feel like subscribing to the list (though I highly recommend it if you have any interest in the VM, or simply in a bunch of quirky individuals), please do discuss Michael’s ideas here!

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