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Bacon Bits

Roger Bacon may have been involved with the Voynich Manuscript described in SF#135, but it was Francis Bacon who, some claim, wrote some of the plays commonly attributed to Shakespeare. We apologize for this slip-up and thank all who pointed it out.

As for the possibility of a cipher in Shakespeare's plays, this idea was promoted by that trouble-maker I. Donnelly. His book, The Great Cryptogram (1875). was proof, Donnelly asserted, that it was really Francis Bacon who penned what is now erroneously attributed to Shakespeare.

Donnelly was a great collector of anomalies. From his vast researches came Atlantis: the Antediluvian World, a book that sparked worldwide interest in that lost city, and the equally seminal Ragnarok: the Age of Fire and Gravel, that introduced Velikovskian catastrophism 67 years before Worlds in Collision.

From Science Frontiers #136, JUL-AUG 2001. 2001 William R. Corliss

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