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DeSalle, Rob

Works: 106 works in 382 publications in 3 languages and 17,221 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Juvenile works  Literature  Art  Methods (Music) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: QH437, 611.01816
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Rob DeSalle
The brain : big bangs, behaviors, and beliefs by Rob DeSalle( Book )

18 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After several million years of jostling for ecological space, only one survivor from a host of hominid species remains standing: us. Human beings are extraordinary creatures, and it is the unprecedented human brain that makes them so. This book presents step-by-step account of the evolution of the brain and nervous system
Welcome to the microbiome : getting to know the trillions of bacteria and other microbes in, on, and around you by Rob DeSalle( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This intriguing up-to-the-minute book for scientists and non-scientists alike explains what researchers are discovering about the microbe world and what the implications are for modern science and medicine. DeSalle and Perkins illuminate the long, intertwined evolution of humans and microbes. They discuss how novel DNA sequencing has shed entirely new light on the complexity of microbe-human interactions, and they examine the potential benefits to human health: amazing possibilities for pinpoint treatment of infections and other illnesses without upsetting the vital balance of an individual microbiome."--Jacket
The genomic revolution : unveiling the unity of life by American Museum of Natural History( )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to the genome : a user's guide to the genetic past, present, and future by Rob DeSalle( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2020 in English and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welcome to the Genome takes you right into the thick of today's most cutting-edge science and its far-reaching implications. Authors Rob DeSalle and Michael Yudell have written a book which clearly explains the ongoing saga of our attempts to understand the mystery of biology's Rosetta Stone and use its code to better our lives." "This book employs an understandable style and full-color illustrations to provide insights into the complex science involved. It delves into the past discoveries that led to the sequencing of the human genome; it presents the challenges facing today's scientists and society and culture in general; and it considers the future possibilities of the developing genome era. Social issues, particularly questions of ethics, receive special attention, covering an important area too often overshadowed by science and technology."--Jacket
Troublesome science : the misuse of genetics and genomics in understanding race by Rob DeSalle( )

10 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is well established that all human beings today, wherever they live, belong to one single species. Yet even many people who claim to abhor racism take for granted that human "races" have a biological reality. From pharmacological researchers to the U.S. government, the dubious tradition of classifying people by race lives on. In Troublesome Science, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall provide a lucid and compelling presentation of how the tools of modern biological science have been misused to sustain the belief in the biological basis of racial classification. Troublesome Science argues that taxonomy, the scientific classification of organisms, provides a cure for such misbegotten mischaracterizations. DeSalle and Tattersall explain how taxonomists do their job, in particular the genomic and morphological techniques they use to identify a species and to understand and organize the relationships among different species and the variants within them. They detail the use of genetic data to trace human origins and look at how scientists have attempted to recognize discrete populations within Homo sapiens. DeSalle and Tattersall demonstrate conclusively that these techniques, when applied correctly to the study of human variety, fail to find genuine differences, striking a blow against pseudoscientific chicanery. While the diversity that exists within our species is a real phenomenon, it nevertheless defeats any systematic attempt to recognize discrete units within it. The stark lines that humans insist on drawing between their own groups and others are nothing but a mixture of imagination and ideology
Race? : debunking a scientific myth by Ian Tattersall( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race has provided the rationale and excuse for some of the worst atrocities in human history. Yet, according to many biologists, physical anthropologists, and geneticists, there is no valid scientific justification for the concept of race. To be more precise, although there is clearly some physical basis for the variations that underlie perceptions of race, clear boundaries among "races" remain highly elusive from a purely biological standpoint. Differences among human populations that people intuitively view as "racial" are not only superficial but are also of astonishingly recent origin. In this intriguing and highly accessible book, physical anthropologist Ian Tattersall and geneticist Rob DeSalle, both senior scholars from the American Museum of Natural History, explain what human races actually are--and are not--and place them within the wider perspective of natural diversity. They explain that the relative isolation of local populations of the newly evolved human species during the last Ice Age--when Homo sapiens was spreading across the world from an African point of origin--has now begun to reverse itself, as differentiated human populations come back into contact and interbreed. Indeed, the authors suggest that all of the variety seen outside of Africa seems to have both accumulated and started reintegrating within only the last 50,000 or 60,000 years--the blink of an eye, from an evolutionary perspective. The overarching message of Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth is that scientifically speaking, there is nothing special about racial variation within the human species. These distinctions result from the working of entirely mundane evolutionary processes, such as those encountered in other organisms
A natural history of wine by Ian Tattersall( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Conversational and accessible to everyone, this colorfully illustrated book embraces almost every imaginable area of the sciences, from microbiology and ecology (for an understanding of what creates this complex beverage) to physiology and neurobiology (for insight into the effects of wine on the mind and body). The authors draw on physics, chemistry, biochemistry, evolution, and climatology, and they expand the discussion to include insights from anthropology, primatology, entomology, Neolithic archaeology, and even classical history. The resulting volume is indispensable for anyone who wishes to appreciate wine to its fullest."--
The science of Jurassic Park and the lost world, or, How to build a dinosaur by Rob DeSalle( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Chinese and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using the motion picture Jurassic Park as a starting point, DeSalle and Lindley discuss how possible it would actually be to clone dinosaurs from DNA found in prehistoric blood and what problems might be encountered in creating a complete genetic blueprint, an egg, and a suitable habitat
Epidemic! : the world of infectious diseases( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the world of infectious disease with essays by Nobel Prize-winning experts, profiles of scientists and researchers, and case studies."--Cover
Human origins : what bones and genomes tell us about ourselves by Rob DeSalle( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how mapping the human genome has aided paleoanthropologists in their study of ancient bones used to explore human origins, from the earliest humans--bipedal apes--up to Martin Pickford's Millennium Man
Our senses : an immersive experience by Rob DeSalle( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lively and unconventional exploration of our senses, how they work, what is revealed when they don't, and how they connect us to the world. Over the past decade neuroscience has uncovered a wealth of new information about our senses and how they serve as our gateway to the world. This splendidly accessible book explores the most intriguing findings of this research. With infectious enthusiasm, Rob DeSalle illuminates not only how we see, hear, smell, touch, taste, maintain balance, feel pain, and rely on other less familiar senses, but also how these senses shape our perception of the world aesthetically, artistically, and musically. DeSalle first examines the question of how perception and consciousness are formed in the brain, setting human senses in an evolutionary context. He then investigates such varied themes as supersenses and diminished senses, synesthesia and other cross-sensory phenomena, hemispheric specialization, diseases, anomalies induced by brain injuries, and hallucinations. Focusing on what is revealed about our senses through the extraordinary, he provides unparalleled insights into the unique wonders of the human brain."--Publisher's description
A natural history of beer by Rob DeSalle( Book )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What can beer teach us about biology, history, and the natural world? From ancient Mesopotamian fermentation practices to the resurgent American craft brewery, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall peruse the historical record and traverse the globe for engaging and often surprising stories about beer. They explain how we came to drink beer, what ingredients combine to give beers their distinctive flavors, how beer's chemistry works at the molecular level, and how various societies have regulated the production and consumption of beer. Drawing from such diverse subject areas as animal behavior, ecology, history, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more, DeSalle and Tattersall entertain and inform with their engaging stories of beer throughout human history and the science behind it all. Readers are invited to grab a beer and explore the fascinating history of its creation."--Jacket
The accidental Homo sapiens : genetics, behavior, and free will by Ian Tattersall( Book )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens now that human population has outpaced biological natural selection? Two leading scientists reveal how we became who we are--and what we might become
Molecular approaches to ecology and evolution by Rob DeSalle( Book )

15 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four years ago we edited a volume of 36 papers entitled Molecular Approaches to Ecology and Evolution (Schierwater et ai., 1994), in which we attempted to put toƯ gether a diverse array of papers that demonstrated the impact that the technologiƯ cal revolution ofmolecular biology has had on the field ofevolutionary biologyand ecology. The present volume borrows from that theme but attempts to focus more sharply on the impact that molecular biology has had on our understanding of difƯ ferent hierarchical levels important in evolutionary and ecological studies. Because DNA sequence variation is at the heart ofeverypaper in the present volume, we feel it necessary to examine how DNA has affected study at various levels of biological organization. The majority of the chapters in the present volume follow themes esƯ tablished in the earlier volume; all chapters by authors in the previous volume are either fully updated or entirely new and expand into areas that we felt were imporƯ tant for a more complete understanding of the impact of DNA technology on ecolƯ ogy and evolution. The collection of papers in this volume cover a diverse array of ecological and evolutionary questions and demonstrates the breadth of coverage molecular techƯ nology has imparted on modern evolutionary biology. There are also a broad range of hierarchical questions approached by the 17 papers in this volume
Molecular systematics and evolution : theory and practice by Rob DeSalle( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wheeler, Ward, Investigator, Non-NASA Center: Am Mus Natl Hist, New York, NY
Phylogenomics : a primer by Rob DeSalle( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2021 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phylogenomics: A Primer is for advanced undergraduate and graduate biology students studying molecular biology, comparative biology, evolution, genomics, and biodiversity. It explores the origins of organic life on the planet, examines the use of scientific databases to understand the function of proteins within organisms, and provides insight into the interpretation of linear sequence information in the context of organismal change. This book explains the essential concepts underlying the storage and manipulation of genomics level data, construction of phylogenetic trees, population genetics, natural selection, the tree of life, DNA barcoding, and metagenomics. The inclusion of problem-solving exercises in each chapter provides students with a solid grasp of the important molecular and evolutionary questions facing modern biologists as well as the tools needed to answer them. Online exercises are also available to assist students in working with the programs and databases used to analyze phylogenomic data."--Publisher's website
Bones, brains and DNA : the human genome and human evolution by Ian Tattersall( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the tools and methods used to study human origins and discusses milestones in human evolution, human movement across the planet, and the beginnings of being human through language, music, art, and technology
Techniques in molecular systematics and evolution by Rob DeSalle( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This manual presents some of the most important techniques for data acquisition developed over the last years. The choice and justification of data analysis techniques is also an important and critical aspect of modern phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis and so a considerable part of this volume addresses this important subject. The book is mainly written for students and researchers from evolutionary biology in search for methods to acquire data, but also from molecular biology who might be looking for information on how data are analyzed in an evolutionary context."--BOOK JACKET
Key transitions in animal evolution by Rob DeSalle( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The origin of multicellular animals is one of those difficult and delicate biological problems that have been pondered for centuries. This book summarizes recent results in phylogenetics and developmental biology that address the evolution of key innovations in metazoans. The first section covers phylogenetic issues. Focusing on nervous system and sensory organ development, the second section addresses prominent questions concerning the developmental biology of metazoan evolution. A third section discusses the evolution of pattern and process in the incredible forms of life that we call Metazoa and covers evolution of life histories and the evolution of biogeochemical aspects of metazoans. The book has over 40 illustrations and an up-to-date bibliography of over 500 references. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions for study and discussion."--
A natural history of color : the science behind what we see and how we see it by Rob DeSalle( Book )

5 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is color a phenomenon of science or a thing of art? Over the years, color has dazzled, enhanced, and clarified the world we see, embraced through the experimental palettes of painting, the advent of the color photograph, Technicolor pictures, color printing, on and on, a vivid and vibrant celebrated continuum. These turns to represent reality in "living color" echo our evolutionary reliance on and indeed privileging of color as a complex and vital form of consumption, classification, and creation. It's everywhere we look, yet do we really know much of anything about it? Finding color in stars and light, examining the system of classification that determines survival through natural selection, studying the arrival of color in our universe and as a fulcrum for philosophy, DeSalle's brilliant A Natural History of Color establishes that an understanding of color on many different levels is at the heart of learning about nature, neurobiology, individualism, even a philosophy of existence. Color and a fine tuned understanding of it is vital to understanding ourselves and our consciousness.--
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The genomic revolution : unveiling the unity of life
Welcome to the genome : a user's guide to the genetic past, present, and futureRace? : debunking a scientific mythThe science of Jurassic Park and the lost world, or, How to build a dinosaurEpidemic! : the world of infectious diseasesHuman origins : what bones and genomes tell us about ourselvesMolecular approaches to ecology and evolutionMolecular systematics and evolution : theory and practiceBones, brains and DNA : the human genome and human evolution
Alternative Names
De Salle, Rob 1954-

DeSalle, R.

DeSalle, R. 1954-

DeSalle, R. (Rob)

DeSalle, R. (Rob), 1954-

Desalle, Robert

DeSalle, Robert 1954-

Salle, Rob de 1954-

드사르, 랍

デーサル, ロバート

デザール, ロブ

ドゥサーレ, ロブ


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