Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmuller discussing the life & work of Albert Hofmann
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:00 P.M., City Light Bookstore, San Francisco

presented by City Lights in conjunction with Synergetic Press & MAPS

In a rare visit to the Bay Area

Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmuller

discuss the life and work of Albert Hofmann

celebrating the release of

Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD

from Synergetic Press

Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller, 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. Only a few discoveries of the 20th century had such a crucial and meaningful influence on science, society and culture, as this mysterious and extremely potent substance, causing profound changes of consciousness in doses of only a millionth of a gram.

This illustrated presentation by the two authors of his biography – close friends of Albert Hofmann for decades – guides us through the long and unique life of the famous researcher and mystic, highlighting a few little known and some most interesting episodes, from his birth in 1906 to his death in 2008 – Hofmann remained open, curious and devoted to creation and the wonders of nature until his last breath at the age of 102.

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 fueling 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.

What has been said about the book:

"It is my firm belief that future generations will see Albert Hofmann as one the most important figures of the twentieth century, a Promethean visionary who helped chart a new trajectory for the evolution of the human species." Stanislav Grof

Dieter Hagenbach born 1943 in Basel, studies in architecture and the arts. Founder of Sphinx Publishing House and of Gaia Media Foundation. Initiator and program executive of the international symposium on the occasion of Albert Hofmann's 100th birthday. He met Albert Hofmann in the mid‐seventies and remained his friend until death. In 1983, he published his book »Insights ‐ Outlooks«.

Lucius Werthmüller born 1958 in Basel, consciousness researcher and parapsychologist. President of the Basel Psi Club. Founding member and board member of Gaia Media Foundation, project leader at international symposia. He met Albert Hofmann while still a child, as he was a good friend of Werthmüller’s parents, and Lucius remained close to him until the end of his life.

Since 1969, Synergetic Press continues to bring cutting edge vanguard literature to readers across the country. Since their inception, they have published books concerning the relationship between people and the environment. They have published work from authors as Richard Evans Schultes, Robert F. Raffauf and John C. Yungjohann. Their books cover a variety of topics from ethnobotany, biospherics and ecology to psychotherapeutics, expansion of consciousness and classic fiction. Synergetic Press is a division of Global Ecotechnics, an organization aimed at developing ecological and cultural demonstration projects in various key regions of the planet. They are affiliated with the Institute of Ecotechnics, a non-profit aimed at developing and practicing the discipline of ecotechnics.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a non-profit research and educational organization that explores health and consciousness through innovative clinical studies and scientific analysis. MAPS’ mission is to develop psychedelics and marijuana into legal prescription medicines, to create a network of therapeutic clinics, and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of these drugs. By rigorously examining psychedelics and their implications for human health, MAPS sheds light on the beneficial and often overlooked aspects of a variety of agents like MDMA, medical marijuana, ibogaine, ayahuasca and LSD. Sharing the knowledge and insights gained through MAPS’ research with the scientific community and the public is an important element of the organization’s mission. Visit: