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Wich country has contributed to 54% of the world's invention's?
Race, Religion & Politics / 10:26 AM - Thursday January 28, 2010

Wich country has contributed to 54% of the world's invention's?

So wich country has contributed 54% of the world's invention's and can you name some of them?

Update: January 28, 2010.
To name a just a "few" British invention's and discovery's.....Televis ion,Radio,Telephone,Com puter,World Wide Web,Train,Underground ,Royal Navy,Police Force,Refridgerator, Flushing toilet & toilet paper,Jet Engine & Jet powerd flight,Military Tank,Hovercraft,scuba diving gear,Baseball,Golf, Rubber & rubber tyres,D.N.A,seat belt......Adjustable spanner Aerial Steam Carriage Airborne lifeboat Ambrotype Analytical engine Automatic Computing Engine.Ballbarrow Bayko Bessemer process Bird's Custard Blücher (locomotive) Bombe Bouncing bomb Bowden cable Carbonated water Carey Foster bridge Cat flap Cat's eye (road) Catch me who can Cavity magnetron Celluloid Clockwork radio Coggeshall slide rule Collodion process Collodion-albumen process Colossus computer Concertina Congreve rocket Continuous trackDakeyne hydraulic disc engine Davy lamp Difference engine Digital audio player Disc brake Dry plate Electrical generator Fire exstinguisher Flat glass Float glass Francis turbine Geordie lamp Globotype Grasshopper escapement Gridiron pendulumHansom cab High explosive squash head Horstmann suspension Hovercraft Hydraulics Hydrofoil Incandescent light bulb Incineration Iris recognitionLawn mower Lifeboat (rescue) Linear motor Locomotion No 1 MOB boat Machine gun Magnifying glass Mauveine Meccano Mechanical lubricator Newtonian telescope Parkesine Paternoster Perkin's mauve Pilot (locomotive) Pilot ACE Playfair cipher Portland cement Postage Stamp Power loom Prime Meridian Puffing Billy (locomotive) Refrigerator Resurgam Rubber band Sans Pareil Seat belt Seed drill Sewing machine Sheffield plate Shrapnel shell Sinclair C5 Sinclair Executive Slide rule Spinning frame Spinning jenny Spinning mule Stainless steel Steam turbine Stephenson's Rocket Stocking frame Submarine Sumlock ANITA calculator Tank User:TedColes/Sandbox3 The Eureka The Salamanca Throstle frame Turing machine Vacuum tube Vacuum cleaner Water frame Wheatstone bridge World Wide Web ZX80 ZX Spectrum Aerial tramway Atmometer Balloon mail Bank of England BBC Bovril Cam-in-block Carronade Centrifugal governor Chlorination User:Chubalot/Sandbox Cloud chamber Dewar flask Dolly (sheep) Fairlie locomotive Fax Fresno scraper Gregorian telescope Harris Tweed Kaleidoscope Kelvin Kelvin water dropper Limelight Logarithm Macadam Mackintosh Metrocable Napier's bones Overhead valve Parallel motion Patent slip Penicillin Propranolol Ross rifle Siren (noisemaker) Steam hammer Stirling engine Sun and planet gear Television Threshing machine Tire Vacuum flask Watt steam engine Watt's linkage The list goes on and on and on and on......

Update: January 28, 2010.
a study by MITI - Japan's equivalent of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - concluded that 54% of the world's most important inventions of the past 100 years were British. Of the rest, 25% were American and 5% Japanese.

- Asked by A Career Man, Male, 29-35, London, Body Work

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The British do have an astounding rate of success in science and engineering. For example, if you asked most professional physicists of all nationalities who are the five greatest physicists of all time then most of them would put Newton, Einstein and Maxwell in the top three in some order or other. Two of them are British. It could be argued that Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism are central to modern society. There'd be no telecommunications, tvs, radios, computers or even electric lights without them. Those equations encapsulate Faraday's law of induction, Faraday was a Brit too incidentally, and that law is central to the generation of electricity. Just imagine what life would be like without any of this. And on top of this we have Newtonian mechanics, which is at the heart of nearly every machine ever made, including cars.

Even outside physics the Brits have made enormous contributions. For example the structure of DNA was worked out in a British lab and of the main scientists involved three were Brits and one was an American. Without that discovery molecular medicine would never even have got started.

So Brits can be proud of their contribution to scientific advances (don't forget that many of the worlds bridges, railroads and roads were engineered by Scots too). Where we fall down is in the commercial exploitation of our ideas, i.e. making money out of them. The Japanese (in particular) and the Americans have been far more successful at that. We should give some consideration to why that happens.

Finally, laughing my ass off at my old friend istillblahblahblah who makes categorical statements that display his lack of knowledge and understanding yet again and of course his cstar fan club who do their knee-jerk thing without recourse to any facts at all.

- Response by spongecake, A Rebel, Male, 29-35, Who Cares?

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Can't be America because we've contributed to more like 90%.

- Response by istillhatescrennames, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 66 or older

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did you say this same thing like months and months ago

we get it, you think England is the shit

let it go, no one else cares

aloha

- Response by beautifulloser, A Rebel, Male, 36-45, Detroit, Executive

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yeah we had the industrial revolution but that was a while ago and I think its been steadily going downhill since then. Now our biggest export is like financial services or something equally boring to be good at. I think if you looked at something like 'which country has had the most inventions over the past ten years' UK would be nowhere near the top.

- Response by tasha405, A Creative, Female, 26-28, London, Science / Engineering

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"yeah we had the industrial revolution but that was a while ago and I think its been steadily going downhill since then. Now our biggest export is like financial services or something equally boring to be good at. I think if you looked at something like 'which country has had the most inventions over the past ten years' UK would be nowhere near the top."

Wrong, actually we come just behind the USA in "Percentage of total papers in all fields among top one per cent most cited". we still produce more cited papers per capita than any other nation on earth. We are still very much up "there" in the world of science and engineering.

- Response by An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, London

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That is a political conjecture. It hangs on what you call "an invention." The political pundits of several nations undoubtedly make that claim.

- Response by greenwind, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Construction

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