It's certainly considered to be the British, by a considerable margin.
In the 19th century, Britain was by far the richest country in the world, and the wealth/profits reaped from global colonies ended up in the UK and were invested in science, engineering, arts etc...
TV, radio, internet, computer, jet engine, steam engine, iron ships, printing press, the list is endless.
Brits don't claim to be the first to kick a 'soccer ball/football', per se, but the rules of the game as we know it today were invented at Eton College London.
Brits also invented hockey, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker, tennis, this list is also endless.
The British Empire simply spread these British inventions and luxuries across the globe - so I conclude that, if you were to single out the nation who has influenced the modern world the most, it's the British, by miles.
However, people will claim it is us (the USA), and to some extent we have taken over where the British left off. We fight wars using tanks and aircraft (both British inventions), we made movies in their language and using TV, radio and the internet (all British inventions).
In essence, the British made the modern world and the USA milked it.
I am American and I think that Britain invented the most' Next, I think Germany did quite a bit themselves.
As for America, we only went to the moon because we put a Nazi scientist in charge of our rocket program and we took a lot of German scientists from there, such as Einstein. He was Jewish but had German knowledge - so America should not really get so much credit for inventions, and this is coming from an American!
Yes it was certainly Britain.
Edinburgh was the center for biological/medical science for a long time, churning out vast amounts of medical discoveries and inventions.
Down south, the English were more practical types and have the majority of their inventions rooted in engineering and physics.
Between the two, it's certainly a lot.
More things than you would ever know in use today were invented, or developed from inventions invented in Britain. Apparently, it's estimated that 50% of all the modern things in use today were invented by the British.
Just a few examples - the Internet, the radio, the telephone, television. The light bulb, the engine (steam, internal combustion and jet engines), trains, bicycles, electric battery, lawn mowers etc., etc.
China invented a lot things in the sort of medieval/earlier period, but I'm pretty sure Britain is the answer you're looking for.
To all posters - Check out Arthur Herman's "The Scottish Enlightenment - How the Scots invented the Modern World".
Herman is a US Professor based at The Smithsonian Museum so he has no reason to be prejudiced in favour of the Scots, rather his great book is a well-researched and factual account of how our modern world came to be.
The British invented the world, the Spanish, French, Germans knew this, and they wanted peace, a piece of Britain. The Americans(originally British) bought our scientists, and became a super-power, like Britain was. We had the biggest empire in the world to-date.
Greece (mainly Ancient Greece) has invented quite a lot, like the Olympics and plays/ pantomimes! What would life be like without them?
Britain wouldn't be getting so much publicity, if it weren't for the Olympics and for Greece!
Well, for a start, the first nuclear bomb developed by Einstein was helped by mostly British scientists, and Britain would have made the first atomic bomb if we had the money, as we were hit by major debt from World War 2 as we got blitzed and America didn't.
As an American, I must say German inventions might be more important than British, at least from the beginning of the 20th century and the late 19th century. Without the modern car and the modern engines and technologies invented by the Germans, you Brits might still ride on horses.
I see the modern car as the largest jump and movement in world history. It made everything mobile, faster, independent, and many new things just possible.
By the way, Britain might have invented the jet engine first, but it wasn't able to fly. The Germans flew first and invented from Whittle the jet engine as well which was able to fly a plane.
Also today, German engineering is most famous for its quality and efficiency, for sure not the British.
Just a few more to mention...
# Rocket (V2)
# Ballistic Missile
# Otto Motor
# Diesel Engine
# 3D Mars Camera
# Ecoflex Plastic
# Gummi Bear
# Jet Engine
# MP3 Format
# Nuclear Fission
# Nylon Plug
# Radio-controlled watch
# Record Player
# Small format camera
# Social Legislation
# Tape recorder
# The Pill
# Theory of Relativity
# Twin Elevator
# X-ray technology
Scotland invented the TV, which is like the best invention ever. I'm Canadian but I would say the Scots, not the Brits. It seems that if it's Scottish, it's actually British - and if it's English, then it's an English invention - but sorry, I can't name one English invention.
Just to tell you, China invented a lot of the things other countries boast about making. Like the steam engine, flame-thrower, rice wine, pizza (yes read about Marco Polo if you don't believe me), designs of armor/weapons, designs of buildings, etc.
You just have to look at who first tried it. But the country that has built the most platform for future technology is China by far.
I would say that a country does not invent things, the people of the country do. While China certainly has created a vast spectrum of new things, I would say the USA has the people who have invented the most.
Not Scotland!! The only thing the Scottish invented was telling people that they invented everything!!!!
Not the Americans, by very definition the Americans have invented very little. The vast majority of so-called American inventions were inventions from foreigners living in America.
The Chinese without a doubt have invented an awful lot, probably the single greatest number of inventions.
But for significance and impact of inventions it has to be Britain. The British inventions and culture are so common to every country in the world, Britain truly did invent the modern world.
I would say the USA, Canada, Israel, Russia, Italy, Greece, France, Germany and the Muslim world as well as the ancient Americas invented the most things in history - plus if it wasn't for different cultures coming to the UK you people would be still living in the dark ages. As for the English language, it was made up of Arabic, North African, Norman French, Egyptian and Italian.