My real name is Selene Routley (pronounced in English "Salina" - the Greek spelling reflects my lifelong affinity with our sublimely beautiful Moon) and i am a multicellular squidgy organism working as a researcher for the Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, based in Berlin with professional links to an Australian Developer of precision, autonomous spectroscopes designed to bring spectroscopy out of the specialist laboratory into the hands of any intelligent farmer. Current rates of biosphere liquidation foretold by, amongst others, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show that we desperately need to minimize our impact on our arable soils, and that is why i turn my theoretical mind - originally trained in quite a different background - to my main professional interest of spectroscope development - with the particular aims of extreme miniaturization, ruggedization and usage simplification for the user without loss of spectral resolution, throughput (maximum étendue) and precision.

My current profile picture is a modern conception of Tyrannosaurus Rex, particularly in the light of the finding of fossils of closely related theropods bearing feathers. See a fuller version here: http://scienceblogs.com.br/colecionadores/2014/04/a-sindrome-de-jurassic-park/

As a physicist i am primarily a theoretician, but also skilled at experimental design as well as the practical manufacture of optical systems. As a theoretician, I am interested mainly in Geometry (GTR in physics) and Topology, have a particular bent for Lie Theory, and am exploring Epistemology in Science. I am also interested in education, particularly of the very young, and in the defense of their future: the Chief Scientist of the land of my birth (Australia) - one of the few wise people there - has pointed described humanity as losing the battle against global warming.

"Wet Savanna Animal" describes my evolutionary history, which animal history I share with at least some readers. We are all children of the wet savannas of East Neogene Africa - and only patterns and stimulusses that we encountered there can possibly have shapen our evolution and therefore our thoughts. It is a supreme arrogance, therefore, to expect that our thoughts might ken and understand all patterns we encounter in science and mathematics, many of which must lie outside our Wet Savanna, Neogene Africa experience. But somehow, the inferences drawn from those highly restricted patterns must nonetheless have an amazing universality, for we can transfer them to the understanding, for example, of the geometry of a relativistic universe, or the alien but beautiful and simple World of the quantum; this to me is to me nothing short of a miracle, and a sublime and profound Beauty to behold.

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