Peter Hänggi

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Peter Hänggi
Born (1950-11-29) November 29, 1950 (age 68)
NationalitySwiss Flag of Switzerland.svg
Alma materUniversity of Basel, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Known forStochastic Resonance
Hänggi's law
Scientific career
Statistical physics
Dissipative systems
InstitutionsUniversity of Augsburg

Peter Hänggi (born November 29, 1950) is a theoretical physicist from Switzerland. He is best known for his original works on Brownian motion and ratchets, stochastic resonance and dissipative systems (classical and quantum).[1]

Notable review papers[edit]

  • Reaction-rate theory: fifty years after Kramers[2]
  • Stochastic Resonance[3]

Hänggi's Law[edit]

The following statement is attributed as Hänggi's Law:

The more trivial your research, the more people will read it and agree.

It is labeled as a kind of Murphy's law and it was first seen in Arthur Bloch's work.[4] However, the attribute's relation to Professor Hänggi's research is not clear.


  • The more vital your research, the fewer people will understand it.
  • You write a nontrivial paper and you likely will be the only one who will remember it.


  1. ^ "Curriculum VItae Peter Hänggi" (PDF). Universität Augsburg. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  2. ^ Hänggi, Peter; Talkner, Peter; Borkovec, Michal (1990-04-01). "Reaction-rate theory: fifty years after Kramers". Reviews of Modern Physics. 62 (2): 251–341. doi:10.1103/RevModPhys.62.251.
  3. ^ Gammaitoni, Luca; Hänggi, Peter; Jung, Peter; Marchesoni, Fabio (1998-01-01). "Stochastic resonance". Reviews of Modern Physics. 70 (1): 223–287. doi:10.1103/RevModPhys.70.223.
  4. ^ Bloch, Arthur (2003). Murphy's Law. Penguin. ISBN 9780399529306.