Template:Unreferenced An Archimedean point (or "Punctum Archimedis") is a hypothetical vantage point from which an observer can objectively perceive the subject of inquiry, with a view of totality. The ideal of "removing oneself" from the object of study so that one can see it in relation to all other things, but remain independent of them, is described by a view from an Archimedean point.
The expression comes from Archimedes, who supposedly claimed that he could lift the Earth off its foundation if he were given a place to stand, one solid point, and a long enough lever. This is also mentioned in Descartes' second meditation with regards to finding certainty, the 'unmovable point' Archimedes sought.
Example quote: "We can no more separate our theories and concepts from our data and percepts than we can find a true Archimedean point—a god’s-eye view—of ourselves and our world." 
- ↑ "Quotations about Archimedes Lever". http://www.math.nyu.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/Lever/LeverQuotes.html. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- ↑ Shermer, Michael. "The Really Hard Science". Scientific American. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&articleID=FAD36DC2-E7F2-99DF-31C4971823C95F5F&ref=rss. Retrieved 2007-09-17.