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Mystic Chemist

* Published on the 70th anniversary of LSD's discovery * A history of science, consciousness research and psychedelic studies. * LSD and the man who discovered it Albert Hofmann, voted one of the 20th century's "greatest living geniuses" by the Daily Telegraph in 2007, the century's best-known and most influential chemist, was the man who discovered LSD. Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmuller, who knew Hofmann, show how Hofmann's childhood fascination with nature influenced his work as a scientist, which led to his discovery of LSD in 1943 and its effects which he experienced when experimenting on himself, most famously on his legendary bicycle ride home. The book brings us Hofmann, the complex humanist within the wider social, scientific and political impact of LSD. The drug became the object of numerous clinical studies, paving the way for innovative forms of therapy, at the same time fuelling the hippie movement in the 1960s. Society's relationship to drugs has never been more controversial and politically charged. Yet Albert Hofmann, believed, until he drew his last breath at the age of 102, that his discovery would one day benefit humanity.
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Dieter Hagenbach studied art and architecture. The founder of Sphinx Publishing House and of Gaia Media Foundation, he initiated and was programme executive of the international symposium in Basel on the occasion of Albert Hofmann's 100th birthday. Lucius Werthmuller is a consciousness researcher and parapsychologist. He was project director of the international symposium held in Basel. As a child he met Albert Hofmann, a good friend of Werthmuller's parents, and remained close to him until the end of his life.


"Albert Hofmann's discovery of LSD, the most potent mind-expanding substance ever found, was an event of multiple synchronicities...the story of LSD and its potential role in society is however far from over." -- Ralph Metzner, Ph. D., Author of The Unfolding Self and Green Psychology "This book is more than a superb biography of Albert Hofmann, it's the story of LSD and pretty much covers everything of importance in the scientific, social, spiritual and artistic realms that resulted from his epochal discovery." -- Michael Horowitz, Psychoactive Drug Historian, Editor "The best compendium of the birth and transformative effect of one of the greatest discoveries ever made." -- Alex Grey, Visionary Artist "Much more interesting than a conventional biography, this book is a grand sweep of how his discovery affected civilization. That they chose to highlight how his work affected vast areas of world culture makes this a reference book as well as a history of one very long and valued life.

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