The Voynich manuscript

TED-Ed Animation

Deep inside Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies a 240-page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its pages feature looping handwriting and hand-drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. It is called the Voynich manuscript, and it’s one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says. 

This animation mixes paper cut out stop motion with After Effects animation that sets into motion high resolution scans of the artwork of the 600-year old book.

 

Role Director, Stop Motion Animator

Client TED-Ed