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*To*: voynich@xxxxxxxx*Subject*: Yet another Grand Unified Theory...*From*: Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 11:36:06 +0000*In-reply-to*: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10112122003060.13219-100000@cobra.diac.com>*References*: <5.1.0.14.0.20011212104610.0299fb90@mail.globalnet.co.uk>

These "mirror codebooks" would have certain properties:- (1) Symmetry: the encoder process = the decoder process (2) Rearrangement: each codebook is not so much a mapping as a list of pairs (3) Compact: would fit on a small area of paper (4) Readable: the encoder can visually validate what's been written (5) Ancient: the basic idea is probably 2000+ years old

(1) catalogue the nymphs on a page according to their distinct attributes, ie

left-facing / right-facing

arm-up / arm-down

arm-behind-hip / arm-in-front-of-hip

legs apart / together / crossed

star exists? (y/n)

star tail exists? (y/n)

star colour

number of points on star - typically 7/8/9

star - dot drawn in middle

star - coloured blob painted in middle?

pattern on barrel

perhaps even hair style?

(2) carefully analyse this to form (mirror) pairs of nymphs (some may be left over)

ie, "nymph #2 is-paired-with nymph#28"

(3) compare each pair's labels (in an aggregated alphabet, as in the AAH)

the first characters where the labels differ [probably] forms the mirror pair

Overall, then: arguments for the GUT:- Explains astrological pages structure and why 29/30 nymphs Explains number of astrological pages (why not 12 otherwise?) Doesn't require Trithemius-style cryptographic techniques Based on an ancient technique, so fits dates Symmetrical, so easy for encoder to validate visually Compact keyset, so not too unwieldy for encoder to handle Partially explains choice of character set - consistent with mirror metaphor

**References**:**f56r - an inverse hyperbolic spiral?***From:*Nick Pelling

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