A Gallery of Averaged Newspaper Front Pages

Image averaging is a powerful tool for revealing patterns in large sets of visual data, and one subject to which I’ve been interested in applying it for a while is the newspaper front page.  Every newspaper has a layout that remains fairly consistent from day to day while simultaneously varying to accommodate whatever the day’s…

Griffoynich: A Real Cipher That Mimics Voynichese

The Voynich Manuscript has been called the world’s most mysterious book, and with good reason.  An illustrated codex written on vellum carbon-dated to the early fifteenth century, it contains page after page of text in a unique and unidentified script, provisionally called “Voynichese,” that has frustrated efforts at decipherment by seasoned cryptanalists for many decades. …