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Representations of science in the nineteenth century periodical press

Cantor, G., Shuttleworth, S. and Topham, J.R. (2003) Representations of science in the nineteenth century periodical press. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 28 (3). pp. 161-168. ISSN 0308-0188

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Public interest in science is often thought to have been much greater in the nineteenth century than at the present time. However, little attention has been paid to the media used to disseminate science to different audiences in nineteenth century Britain. In particular, the vast bulk of general periodicals which fill our library shelves continues to be largely impenetrable. Yet readers encountered a great quantity and an extensive variety of scientific, technical, and medical information in the pages of such general periodicals as Punch, the Boy’s Own Paper, and Dickens’s Household Words. This article describes the work of the ‘Science in the nineteenth-century periodical’ (SciPer) project at the universities of Leeds and Sheffield, which seeks to identify and analyse the representation of science in the non-specialist periodical press. The project has prepared an electronic index of the science content of a range of periodicals, chosen to reflect the increasing range of reading audiences addressed in the nineteenth century. In addition to detailing the methodology employed, this article includes examples of the project’s findings, showing how both science and scientists were presented in such journals as the Comic Annual and the Review of Reviews.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2003 IoM Communications Ltd. Reproduced with permission from the publisher. Journal home page: http://www.maney.co.uk/journals/isr ; Full journal issue available from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/isr
Institution: The University of Sheffield, The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies (Sheffield)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds) > Division of the History and Philosophy of Science (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2008 18:06
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/030801803225005193
Status: Published
Publisher: Published by Maney for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1179/030801803225005193
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3596

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