Historical Perspective

  • Page S. Buckley


History is normally approached in a chronological fashion, starting at an earlier date and proceeding stepwise and logically to a later date. To discuss distillation control in this manner is difficult. Most important developments have been evolutionary, occurring gradually over a period of time. Consequently, we will be discussing this subject primarily in terms of eras, rather than specific dates. Furthermore, the time period of most interest for distillation control history is very short, about 40 years. As every historian knows, the closer one comes to the present, the more difficult it is to achieve a valid perspective. Bias worsens when the historian has been a participant in the events under discussion.


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