**Spin systems and some natural questions in probability**

It has long been known that many interesting questions in probability have a formulation in the language of spin systems. However, it has been only rather recently that the methods developed for spin systems were applied to finally obtain answers to some of these questions. In this talk, I will discuss three such questions, about the weakly self-avoiding walk, the vertex reinforced jump process, and random band matrices. I will then show the audience some technical lemmas that are at the heart of the analysis of spin systems.