I just got an argument with a friend about whether deciphering the Voynich manuscript (a mysterious book dated in the 15th century, written in an unknown script) should be deemed a "project". He told me that, since there is no compelling evidence that the text is meaningful (i.e., either being a natural language or an encrypted code), and the outcome is not guaranteed, it cannot be called a "project". He told me that the objective of a project must be absolutely clear; and I argue that deciphering the book itself is the objective. And the risk is that, the book MAY a deliberate hoax, in which case the deciphering effort is doom to fail. I want to know if such an effort, which may involve many mathematicians, cryptographers, computer experts, can be called a "project" or not.
(I study math, and I have little idea about engineering.)