Inventing needs: expertise and water supply in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Paris

@article{Graber2007InventingNE,
  title={Inventing needs: expertise and water supply in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Paris},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Graber},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={40},
  pages={315 - 332}
}
  • Frédéric Graber
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
  • Abstract The aim of this paper is to investigate the notion of need, in this case an entire city's global need for water. This was a notion invented by Paris technicians between 1760 and 1804 in the context of several water supply projects, notably two river diversion schemes, those of the Yvette and the Ourcq, where the concept was much discussed. Different ways of considering the question of need – such as water resources, consumption and use, whether present or future – were strongly related… CONTINUE READING
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