Hi, I’m Nick Pelling – and this is my “Cipher Mysteries” blog (formerly the “Voynich News” blog). It grew out of my long-term research into the Voynich Manuscript and other unbroken historical ciphers. If you don’t find some romance and mental adventure in uncracked ciphers, you must surely have a heart of lead, right?
The codes and ciphers discussed here have remained unbroken for a very good reason – they’re all really, really tricky, each in their own way. For example, some people say that trying to crack the Voynich Manuscript is not unlike attempting to solve a million-piece jigsaw with your eyes shut: but some days, it does seem to me that the person with the jigsaw has it fairly easy. But wherever on this scale you place it, the Voynich Manuscript remains a truly immense challenge – the Everest of code-breaking.
Fig.1: A passing Voynich nymph greets Nick in the traditional manner
My ambition is, by contributing to the cracking of all these unbroken ciphers, to raze this whole field of study to the ground, so that I can start climbing the next mountain along. Perhaps an even higher one! 🙂