This enigmatic text is a mysterious manuscript 105 pages long, and handsomely bound in gold and green colored brocade paper. The manuscript consists of roughly 75,000 characters.
This enigmatic text was named after oneCipher Finally Cracked of the two non-coded inscriptions found within it, a mysterious manuscript 105 pages long, and handsomely bound in gold and green colored brocade paper. The manuscript consists of roughly 75,000 characters.
The manuscript characters are very neatly handwritten, a puzzling mixture of Roman letters, both upper- and lower-case, along with a great many more abstract symbols, 90 distinct characters, including 26 unaccented Roman letters being evident, the confusion made worse by a lack of word spacing.
Senior researcher and fellow of University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute Kevin Knight, was intrigued by the 18th century Copiale Cipher, because until now no one could read it. Working with Swedish linguists, Beata Megyesi and Christiane Schaefer he set out to decipher it.
Eventually, realizing the Roman characters to be there as spaces between words, the abstract symbols bearing actual information, the team predicted the Cipher to be a German language encryption which, when subjected to word-frequency analysis, they could finally read it.
They found the Cipher describing rituals and some political ideals of a 1730s German secret society fascinated by eye surgery and ophthalmology, information of genuine historical value. There are several other such ancient enciphered texts, like the 15th century, 240 page Voynich manuscript that have always confounded cryptographers.
These volumes and the as yet indecipherable ancient languages thery contain are thought to be of great historical value, doubtless containing hidden information that will surely be interest to many people, More and more historians believe secret societies to have played a role in various revolutions, but until these documents are enciphered, their importance can never be known, so the breaking of the Copiale Cipher is notable indeed.