Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

The Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical (SciPer) project ran from 1999 to 2007 and was jointly organized by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield and the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds. It was run under the aegis of the Humanties Research Institute of the University of Sheffield, and was funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the MHRA.

The aim of the project was to identify and analyse the representation of science, technology and medicine, as well as the inter-penetration of science and literature, in the general periodical press in Britain between 1800 and 1900. Employing a highly interdisciplinary approach, it addressed not only the reception of scientific ideas in the general press, but also examined the creation of non-specialist forms of scientific discourse within a periodical format, and the ways in which they interact with the miscellany of other kinds of articles found in nineteenth-century periodicals.