Voynich Manuscript: Mystery or Fraud?

Nature: A mystious, 16th-century coded manuscript is still stumping scholars. Or is it a hoax? Gordon Rugg, a computer scientist for Keele University, recently used Elizabethan spy techniques to recreate the Voynich manuscript, a coded document that has stumped scholars for centuries. Rugg believes the book to be a hoax created to separate an emperor from his gold, but he challenges code specialists to prove him wrong.

"I've shown that a hoax is a feasible explanation," says Rugg. "Now it's up to believers in a code to produce evidence to support their ideas."

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