The bicycle? Perhaps in China, but those wacky Brits also seem to think that it is the most significant invention since the 1800's.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Bicycle chosen as best invention: "Despite their ubiquity, computers gained just 6% of the vote and the internet trailed behind with only 4% of all votes cast. There were more than 4,500 votes cast in total.
People chose the bicycle for its simplicity of design, universal use, and because it is an ecologically sound means of transport.
TOP 10 INVENTIONS
Bicycle - 59%
Transistor - 8%
Electro-magnetic induction ring - 8%
Computer - 6%
Germ theory of infection - 5%
Radio - 5%
Internet - 4%
Internal combustion engine - 3%
Nuclear power - 1%
Communications satellite - 1%
The survey also asked participants which innovation they would most like to disinvent.
GM foods came top of this poll with 26% of the vote, followed by nuclear power with 19%."