Pilot-wave and beyond: Louis de Broglie and David Bohm’s quest for a quantum ontology

One hundred years ago, the French physicist Louis de Broglie started his research quest on what would become the pilot-wave interpretation of quantum mechanics debated in 1927 at the Fifth Solvay Conference in Bruxelles. Seventy years ago, the American physicist David Bohm published his two famous articles concerning ‘A Suggested Interpretation of the Quantum Theory in Terms of "Hidden" Variables’ [Phys. Rev. 85, 166–179; 85, 180–193 (1952)]. The work of Bohm recovered and extended the results obtained by de Broglie and later evolved into a complex framework of quantum interpretations known as de Broglie-Bohm, pilot-wave theories or Bohmian mechanics. In order to celebrate this double birthday the journal Foundations of Physics publishes this year a topical collection “Pilot-wave and beyond” on the developments that have followed the pioneering works of Louis de Broglie and David Bohm on quantum foundations. This topical collection includes contributions from physicists and philosophers debating around the world about the scientific legacy of Bohm and de Broglie concerning the interpretation and understanding of quantum mechanics.


  • Aurelien Drezet (University of Grenoble, France)

    Dr. Aurélien Drezet studied physics at the University of Grenoble, France, where he got his PhD in physics in 2002 in near-field optics. Since 2008 he is a CNRS researcher at Institut Néel, Université Grenoble-Alpes. His activities include experimental and theoretical quantum and nanophotonics, and also more fundamental research on de Broglie-Bohm theories.

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