Language scholars solved 18th-century cipher [Published 2011-10-27 Together with an American colleague, two language scholars at Uppsala University have deciphered a hand-written manuscript from the 1730s. The manuscript turned out to be from the Oculists, a secret society whose purpose included mapping the secret rituals of Masons.
The manuscript, called "The Copiale Cipher," has 75 pages and contains 75,000 characters. Apart from what is the bookmark of the former owner ("Philipp 1866") and a note at the bottom of the last page ("Copiales3") the manuscript is entirely in code. The cipher used consists of 90 different characters ranging from Latin and Greek letters to diacritical signs and mystical symbols, so-called logograms.
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The “Copiale Cipher” is a 105 pages manuscript containing all in all around 75 000 characters. Beautifully bound in green and gold brocade paper, written on high quality paper with two different watermarks, the manuscript can be dated back to 1760-1780. Apart from what is obviously an owner's mark (“Philipp 1866”) and a note in the end of the last page (“Copiales 3”), the manuscript is completely encoded. The cipher employed consists of 90 different characters, comprising all from Roman and Greek letters, to diacritics and abstract symbols. Catchwords (preview fragments) of one to three or four characters are written at the bottom of left–hand pages.
Transcription, transliteration and decipherment brought to light a German text obviously related to an 18th century secret society, namely the "oculist order". A parallel manuscript is located at the Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel.
For information about the method of decipherment, see the paper “The Copiale Cipher” by Kevin Knight, Beáta Megyesi and Christiane Schaefer (2011), presented as part of invited talk at ACL Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora (BUCC).
M-9 quake strikes off Tohoku about every 440 years: research institute
An earthquake as powerful as the magnitude 9 Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11 occurs off the Tohoku region about every 440 years, university researchers estimate.
The estimate, made by a research team led by University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute professor Kazuki Koketsu, suggests that the frequency of powerful quakes, previously thought to hit the region once every 1,000 years, is far higher. Experts say there is a so-called "super cycle" of powerful quakes, like the M-7 earthquakes that strikes off Miyagi Prefecture at about 37-year intervals.
The team will announce their results during a study session of the Seismological Society of Japan starting in Shizuoka on Oct. 12.
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