LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 282 – Salt Story

LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students


1. “A membrane that can remove salts from water more efficiently: how desalination got its stripes,”
The Economist (May 3, 2018)

Alan Turing is famous for his contributions to computer science, and for code-breaking, but his contributions to chemistry are also helping to solve a health and well-being problem. Scientists at the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou are using Turing patterns to develop membranes to make salt water drinkable on a massive scale.

The economist is available electronically at

2. Nylander, John. “A brief history of Chinese salt, the world’s oldest monopoly,”
The Asia Times (January 4, 2017)

For thousands of years, Chinese governments controlled the sale and distribution of salt as it was a major source of state revenues. Historians, economists, and many others have deeply studied salt administration in China. This history came to an end a little over a year ago.


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Salt: a world history

A lively and interesting book that tells the story of the trade and use of this vital commodity across the centuries.






52 years ago today, the May 16th Notification (五一六通知) was released, launching the Cultural Revolution (中国文化大革命). Here are two short articles written on its 50th anniversary:

Related Library resources: 中國當代政治運動史數據庫. 中國文化大革命文庫


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