Lord and master of all
- Rob Iliffe
‘Lord and master of all’ describes how Newton's election to President of the Royal Society in November 1703 reignited his interest in natural philosophy. His Opticks appeared in February 1704. However, he was already working on a dramatic new set of seven queries which, along with eight more that were published with them in 1717, were arguably the most influential texts for eighteenth-century chemistry and natural philosophy. Developing earlier work in philosophy and alchemy, the new queries described a range of chemical phenomena, bringing together many of the disparate research programmes on which he had been engaged for the last four decades.